Ayurveda​ (អាយុវិទ្យា)

Ayurveda is an Indian style of treating diseases. It is translated as អាយុវិទ្យា in Cambodian language. It is a very interesting subject, but it involves a lot of complicated connections between humans' energy and food. Its concept that says that imbalance of 3 energy in the body is the cause of illnesses sounds reasonable and interesting. When the balance of these energy takes place, humans are in their best state of health.

Hi, Heak, what kind of illnesses that this treatment can cure?

In Ayurveda, they say that all illnesses derive from the same reason, which is the imbalance of the 3 energy in the body. So, by treating the balance of the energy, all illnesses will become better.

What is the 3 energy? can you summarize what we can do to balance that 3 energy in the body?

The 3 energies are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each person has the amount of the 3 energies to some extent, and some have too much of one energy compared to the others. Some food too contain much of one of the 3 energies, so eating too much of that food will cause imbalance in the body. Therefore, Ayurveda suggest food to avoid and food to eat and some combination to make the balance with the energies in humans' bodies.

Hmm, This sounds similar to Yin and Yang (dark and bright) theory of Traditional Chinese medicine, which explains good health is directly related to the balance between Yin and Yang qualities within oneself. If Yin and Yang become unbalanced, one of the qualities is considered deficient or has vacuity (emptiness).  Yang is the bright side and Yin is the dark side. The difference of these two methods is one is treated by food, and another one is treated by Traditional medicine. So, talking about Ayurveda, could you please give us some examples of how it works (the treatment of any illness using Ayurveda)? Thank you  ;D

Yes, you are right. The concept of Ayurveda is similar to Chinese treatment, but there are some different points. For example, Ayurveda does not only focus on the quality of each food, but they also focus on how the food is prepared. Some food is identified as Yang or Yin in Chinese treatment no matter how they are cooked, but in Ayurveda, for example, honey is good for the body when taken without heated, but honey becomes bad food when it is heated over 40℃. There is no specific treatment for a particular illness like modern medicine, for example, using this medicine for treating diabetes, etc. Ayurveda will start its treatment with balancing the energy in the body. When the body is in good balance, any illness will get better automatically.