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An Indian medical tradition dating back to the 1st century B.C.

As part of the Health & Wellness 2010 Series

Ayurveda always seemed to me to be to be a bit like horoscopes – you have your doshas (type of person). And your dosha describes your body type, temperament, personality, sleeping habits, what you should eat, etc….and then treatments are geared around your dosha. Given that there are 3 doshas it seemed simplistically convenient that everyone fit into one type or another. I loved the idea of it, but struggled to make it work in my logicial, Western mind. However, recently I spent some time undertaking Asian Holistic Therapies at Kamalaya Koh Samui and revised my previous skepticism of Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda?
Ruby the lead practioner of Ayurveda at Kamalaya explained to me that Ayurveda means the “science of life” or sometimes it is also understood as “life is knowledge.” It is an Indian system of holistic, natural medicine and was first described around 3,500 BC in the Vedic texts of ancient India. Ayurveda promotes living a balanced life with the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual in harmony. Its overarching idea of balance and harmony are not so different than Traditional Chinese Medicine, but it’s the underlying principles on how this manifests in self care that is quite different.

The Doshas
First, let’s start with the doshas or types of people. There are 3 doshas that form from the 5 elements – vata which is strongly associated with water and some earth; pitta which is associated with fire and some water; and kapha which is associated with air and space. When the dosha is balanced, the body, mind and spirit are in harmony, but when the dosha is imbalanced this leads to disease.

Ruby – Ayurveda Practioner Kamalaya Koh Samui