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Home sjmtoc 3 Constitution (dosha, humor, nature) in Ayurveda

3.1 Constitutional Medicine


Ancient Greeks and Europeans used a constitutional system of medicine. The Greeks traveled to India over a period of several centuries, studying among other things Ayurveda. They developed a system based on four constitutional types. In certain parts of the Middle East, this system is still in use.

What is constitutional medicine? It simply means that you are born with a certain combination of principles or forces that determine your individuality. These forces were called humors in ancient Greece and Europe. In Ayurveda they care called the tridosha, which means the “three humors”. The balance of these forces (or humors) determines your constitution. Your personality is a direct reflection of your constitution. Your body and mind are also a direct reflection of your constitution. The combination of these three pranic forces creates you - a unique individual.

The advantage of using a constitutional system of medicine is that your are diagnosed an treated as an individual. Statistics and averages lose much of their importance in this form of medicine. You are much more likely to be treated according to your personal needs, rather than as a percentage.

Another advantage is that constitutional medicine is not overly concerned with the symptoms of disease, but with eliminating the imbalance in the humors that is causing the symptoms. This leads to a real quality of health. This process of re-balancing the constitution can take a considerably longer period of time than allopathic (western medicine) treatments. The difference is that the well being achieved through balancing the constitution is permanent and will often eliminate other seemingly unrelated diseases or symptoms.

Constitutional medicine requires your own effort, you are not dependent on unknown agents. Working with this form of treatment includes a re-educcation process, for you will learn to live in harmony with your nature. You learn how to eliminate disease and maintain your natural balance, and this is the best insurance against il health.





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