LANGUAGE OF AYURVEDA

THE LANGUAGE OF AYURVEDA: A GLOSSARY

Abhyanga | oil massage

Ayurvedic oil massage therapy, self-massage oil application

Agni | fire

Primarily, your digestive ‘fire’, the fire in your belly

Aama | toxic waste

By-product of inefficient digestion or consuming polluted or perverted food or sensory impression, likely to clog gross or subtle channels in the body and/or mind

Ayurveda | science of life/biology

science of life: language of Life; a set of reference points for perceiving and responding to life in and around you; the holistic medicine from ancient India.   Read more here: Discover Ayurveda
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Dhatu | tissue type

There are seven dhatus in your body

Dosha | bio-energy; lit. fault

A functional life energy, typically not noticed until an accumulation causes symptoms of imbalance

Dravya guna | substance quality

Ayurvedic pharmacology, herbal medicine

Guna | quality

Energetic or sensory quality, ie. three gunas (sattva • rajas • tamas), 10 pairs of opposites

Kapha

The dosha of water and earth, governing structure and protection

Pancha maha bhuta | five great elements

Primary components of phenomenal reality according to Ayurvedic theory; earth, water, fire, air, space

Pancha karma | five actions

The Ayurvedic protocol of detoxification and rejuvenation

Pitta

The dosha of fire and water, governing transformation

Poorva karma | pre-action

Preparation before pancha karma

Prakriti | nature

Your native doshic dominance from the moment of conception; Mother Nature

Rasa | juice

Plasma, juice, enjoyment

Rasayana | rejuvenative

That which juices up and nourishes

Snehana | oil, affection

Ayurvedic oil massage therapy or self-massage

Vata

The dosha of air & space, governing movement and coordination

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