Basic Principles of Ayurveda

While Ayurvedic principles can be used to explain the complexity of not only health, but also the world around us, there are several simple basics that become the building blocks for everything else:

Ayurveda’s fundamental approach to well-being is that you must reach your unique state of balance in your whole being—body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda views the world in light of 3 constitutional principles: vata, pitta, and kapha. These are explained in more detail below.

The first line of defense in combating imbalances is to remove the cause of the problem. If the trouble-maker is out of the picture, the body starts being able to heal itself. For example, if pollutants are bothering your nasal passages and sinuses, rinse them out with a traditional Ayurvedic remedy, the neti pot.

If there are any lingering imbalances after removing the inciting cause, then bring balance by using opposites. For example, the Ayurvedic remedy to excess heat is to use something cooling. So for excess heat or acidity in the digestive system, you could use cooling and soothing herbs like Guduchi Always support the digestive fire, so that nutrition can be absorbed and waste materials can be eliminated. For some general tips on how you can apply Ayurveda in your life, download our free Ebooklet, “Ancient Remedies for a Modern You: An Introduction to Ayurveda”.