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by Sarah on January 28th, 2011

Over the next little while, I’d like to chat about a topic that I’m really interested in at the moment: Ayurvedic medicine. Following aspects of this ancient holistic system of medicine is a great way to stay healthy during pregnancy and while breastfeeding (throughout life, really!). What appeals to me the most is that it’s a very natural approach to looking after oneself. I thought this week’s post could be a little introduction to the subject, with each week afterwards, focusing on a specific area in a little more depth.

Image from Organic India

So, the actual word Ayurveda means the “complete knowledge for long life”. It is an ancient system of traditional medicine native to India. The system is based on five elements: fire (Tej), water (Aap), air (Vaayu), earth (Prithvi), and ether (Akash). Plasma, blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow and semen, or female reproductive tissue, are the seven main elements of the body. Ayurveda focuses a lot on the balance of three of the elemental energies: vata (air and space – wind), kapha (water and earth – phlegm) and pitta (fire and water – bile). According to Ayurveda, if these three “doshas” are in balance, the body will function at its optimum. Having a good metabolism, healthy digestive system and proper excretion, means that you will live an energised and healthy life. Ayurveda also focuses a lot on exercise, yoga, meditation and massage. So, body, mind and spirit need to be worked on to achieve vitality.

What I really love about the Ayurevedic approach is that a balanced lifestyle is key. It’s important to not suppress urges, but also important to not overdo things, or indulge. They place emphasis on the moderation of eating, sleeping, sex and taking medicine.

Ok, so hopefully that’s a simple introduction of the subject. I found all of the above information on Wikipedia, so take a look if you’d like to read more into the subject.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Yes doing it the natural way is so important.