The science of Ayurveda commonly misunderstood as merely a medical science. In fact, Ayurveda is a universal science that deals with the physics of everyday life, the objects that surround us, our interaction and the dependence upon them.

Just as a team of 11 members constitute a football team, the team is never been addressed by the names of all the 11 players. Yet, it is given a common name for the collective action of a team such as Liverpool, Manchester, Chelsea, etc. Similarly, these body constitutions/doshas are addressed in 3 different terms; Sauda, Safra, and Balgham have given to the collective action of the five elements (Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and Space) which work in their combinations to produce a common collective result.

Why Doshas are referred to as three (3) body constitutions? The biggest answers lay in the simplest questions. The answer to it lies in understanding that however simple or complex an action is, in the end, if it were to be broken down to the essential components it will be comprised of only three sub-functions:

  1. Initiation of the action
  2. Continuation/Sustenance of the action
  3. Destruction/Termination which in reality is merely just the conversion as energy can never be replaced nor destroyed.

     

Sauda – This Dosha which represents the function of initiation of action is constituted by two elements of physics, space and wind. The space factor is not complete vacuum or void but merely a relative difference in pressure that allows for the movement of any substance. The wind factor is the term given to the movement itself that takes place due to the difference in pressure (space). A perfect example is a mechanism of how our blood flows through the blood vessels due to the presence of osmotic pressure.

Safra – This Dosha represents the function of transformation and conversion (Metabolism) and is constituted by Fire and Water. Interestingly, though the water and fire factors are complete opposites, they act in perfect unison in the human body. In nature, raw fire is used for conversion/cooking. But if fire to be present in the human body, then the food consumed would be burnt out and not converted into a form required for assimilation and nourishment of the human body. This can be observed in the process of photosynthesis where plants require sunlight and water simultaneously in order to produce energy. The more visible evidence can be found in the chemistry lab, the formation of Sulphuric acid and Hydrochloric acid.

Balgham – This Dosha represents the function of Sustenance and Nourishment. It is constituted of the earth and water elements. The earth factor might seem sufficient to hold and support the body due to the inherent dryness in it. Like beach sand it would merely flake away and just as how one requires water to build a sandcastle, the body requires water to hold the earth together.

 

Thus, all the elements from Earth to Space are descriptive of not just the Energy-Matter dynamics but also describe the two key factors that are lacking in modern physics which are the formation of the energy itself (Space) and the factor that determines the conversion of Matter to Energy and vice versa (Fire).

A study done in 2016 showed outstanding results in a stroke patient. After 45 days of Ayurvedic treatments, the patient who initially scored 18 points out of 42 (42 being severe stroke), went down to score a mere 4 points out of 42.

What’s more impressive is that this patient was able to walk without support after the treatment period was over. The recovery was promising and worth documenting.

Vasan Satish et al AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF PAKSHAGHATA (RIGHT MIDDLE CEREBRAL ARTERY HEMORRHAGIC INFARCT): A CASE REPOR Int. J. Res. Ayurveda Pharm. 7(Suppl 3), Jul - Aug 2016.

During a study done for a period of 3 months, 40 subjects suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) responded positively to Ayurvedic treatments.

The subjects’ irregular menstruation improved by 76%, dysmenor-rhoea (painful menstruation) was relieved by 92%, and the treatment was successful in normalising the average quantity of menstrual blood by 70%.

Another outstanding finding was that 87% of patients were successfully cured and remarkably 62% of patients had conceived within the follow up period of 3 months. These treatments were 100% non-invasive, and without hormonal supplements.

Dr.Bhagyashri Mahavir Khot(2013):Clinical Efficacy Of Ayurveda Treatment On Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Iosrphr.org.Pp 21-25. [online] Available at: http://www.iosrphr.org/papers/v3i4/Part.3/D0343021025.pdf.

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Get in Shape with Ayurveda!

In 2005, 25 patients suffering from Obesity underwent Ayurvedic treatments for 21 days. The patients responded remarkably in terms of decrease in S.LDL (Bad Cholesterol) by 36.36%, and an increase of HDL (Good Cholesterol) by 82.92%.

Subjects displayed improvements in Energy levels, reduction of fatty tissues and unusual metabolic activities.

Reductions in body weight, BMI readings, bodyfat percentage, body circumference and skin fold thickness were also observed after the 3-week treatment period.

Khunt T, Vyas S , Thakar A, Bhat N. Comparative study on the Virechana Karma and lehkhana -Basti in the management of Sthaulya , PG Dissertation submitted to Gujarat Ayurved University , Jamnagar, 2005

 

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