Ayurveda is around 5000-years-old with its roots in the Vedic culture of the Indian sub-continent. The name itself consists of two Sanskrit words; Ayur meaning “life” and Veda meaning “science or knowledge”. Literally translated as the “science or knowledge” of life. The Vedas are the oldest known texts in existence today. The oldest of these, the Rig Veda, mentions over 60 preparations that could be used to treat different ailments. However, the derivation of the treatments pre-dates these texts even further.
There is strong evidence for oral traditions being used to pass the information from teacher to student before it was written down. The main texts underpinning this science were written in Sanskrit over 2000 years ago. Titles the Charaka Samhita, Sushrata Samhita and Ashtanga Hridaya, they comprise the ‘Great Trilogy’, which underpin all subsequent developments. Modern practices have been derived from these ancient traditions, and there is now growing interest in Ayurveda as a complementary and alternative medicine system from both alternative practitioners and traditional medicine sectors alike. Its therapies and practices have also been integrated into more general ‘wellness applications’. Good Ayurveda courses stress a holistic approach to health and well-being, emphasising the importance of maintaining the delicate balance between mind, body, spirit and the environment. This idea of universal interconnectedness views not only illness but also unhappiness and discontentment, caused by imbalances in different life forces. Courses in Ayurveda stress the importance of individualised plans to promote good health through diet, exercise, lifestyle choices and treatments; including massage, compounds of herbs, or proprietary ingredients. These plans may include treatments geared towards specific health problems, but this is not seen as the main aim of any regimen.
An Ayurveda diploma includes looking at the five structural elements of the universe known as the Panchamahabhuta. They are: space, air, fire, water and earth. In all humans, these elements combine in unique combinations to create each individual. A diploma in Ayurvedic medicine will help students understand how these elements can combine in the human body to create three life forces or energies that control how your body works. This is called tridosha theory and comprises of the Vata dosha, Pitha dosha, and Kapha dosha. Space and air combine to form the Vata dosha, linked to movement and hence functions such as circulation, nerve impulses, and respiration. Pitta dosha is formed by a combination of fire and water. It is linked to transformations and governs metabolic processes such as digestion and metabolism in organs and cells where substances are chemically transformed by the actions of the body. Finally, water and earth combine to form the Kapha dosha which is responsible for growth and protection. It can govern things like the fluid that protects the central nervous system or the mucus protecting the airways.
According to Ayurvedic principles, in every individual the exact combination of the three doshas is different, and this accounts for the diversity within the human race. Which of the doshas predominates affects our body type and personality, and this is something you will learn about in Ayurveda diploma courses. Those with a Vata dominance tend to be thin, energetic, enthusiastic, and changeable. Where Pitta dominates, people may be seen as intelligent, intense and goal-oriented. Those with strong Kapha are methodical, nurturing and easy-going. When the three doshas are in balance, a person will have a feeling of general well-being and contentedness. An Ayurveda diploma will also show the links between doshas and the likelihood of developing certain conditions.
One of the most important areas covered in Ayurveda courses is diagnosis. There are six stages of disease and not only does the physician need to ascertain at what stage the disease is at, they also need to diagnose, which (dosha(s)) has caused the problem. This can be further complicated as there are natural aggravations of doshas such as seasons, geographical location and environmental factors. After considering all these points, a regimen is set to help restore balance. This can involve diet and lifestyle advice, massage treatment, medical oils, administering herbal treatment and remedies, or detoxifying treatments such as Panchakarma. An Ayurveda therapist course then needs to be run by expert theorists and practitioners such as those at G I V E - Gaia Institute of Vedic Education.
At G I V E - Gaia Institute of Vedic Education, our Ayurveda courses are presented online by tutors who understand the subject inside out and have a proven track record in passing on their knowledge and skills. They are practising Ayurvedic doctors and tutors based in India, ensuring the best level of training for you. Visit us at http://vedic.institute to view information and details about our online diplomas. Our programmes are delivered using webinar, virtual classroom technology and a LMS (learning management system). We welcome your questions or queries. Please contact us at email@example.com or phone 02921680150.