Ayurveda literally means “science of life”. It is part of the traditional Indian medicine and more than 3000 years old. While it’s officially taught and studied in India as one of several medical approaches, it’s considered alternative medicine in the Western world.###
Ayurveda is a combination of experience and philosophy, focusing on the important physical, mental and spiritual aspects of health and illnesses. The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to avoid serious illnesses by understanding the cause and therefore be able to stop unhealthy behavior.
Nutrition, massages and yoga play a vital role when it comes to balancing the so called doshas, the three different temperaments and vitalities:
- Vata (wind, air, ether pneuma)
- Pitta (fire, water, chole)
- Kapha (earth, water, phlegm)
The state of balance of the doshas defines the degree of health. The attending pyhsician needs to know which doshas are prevailing, as every type needs different medicine, therapies and nutrition. Ayurvedic cuisine abstains to a large extent from meat; instead a balanced mix of fruits and vegetables as well as cereals and legumes are on the menu.
In order to practice Ayurveda professionally intensive studies and medical knowledge are crucial – a requirement that not every provider of Ayurvedic treatments can offer. Thus, the outlet should be carefully selected. Member hotels of Healing Hotels of the World that offer Ayurvedic treatments have been tested extensively and present a very high standard.