What is Tuuwa? Part 2: Ayurveda

In Part 1, we discussed the origin of the word "Tuuwa."

The second pillar in the development of our Tuuwa products is Ayurvedic medicine.  Pronounced “I-your-vay-da,” Ayurvedic means “knowledge of life,” or “science of life,” one of the most ancient systems of health care in the world, originating in India more than 3000 years ago.

Ayurveda manages all aspects of health and spirituality, a delicate balance between the body, mind, and spirit. The practice remains relevant today as it loops in all aspects of the self to treat the whole person in ways that modern science is now confirming are effective and based on scientific truth.

Those who practice Ayurveda believe that the person is made up of five basis elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements combine in the body to form three life forces or energies called doshas. Doshas control how your body works and include Vata dosha (space and air), Pitta dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth).  Everyone inherits a unique mix of all three doshas, but one is usually dominant. Each dosha controls a different body function, and it is believed that your wellness, as well as the health issues you may develop, are linked to the balance of your doshas.

Ayurvedic practitioners create customized treatment plans for their clients, a practice we are totally on board with here at Tuuwa and the Xu Wellness Center. Usage of medicinal herbs and oils are key to our formulations, and we embrace the value of Ayurvedic botanicals to reduce symptoms of tension and inflammation, restoring harmony and balance in the body.

Some of the pure, natural and healthy  Ayurvedic ingredients featured in Tuuwa’s Tension Relief Lotions and Relief Oils include:

Carthamus Tinctorius Oleosomes (Safflower) – derived from the fiery orange safflower herb, the oil is an important Ayurvedic ingredient with a host of medicinal properties. The oil balances the Kapha and Vata doshas.  It warms and detoxifies the body, decongests the chest, and boosts immunity.

Commiphora Myrrha Oil – myrrh is a part of many Ayurvedic medications, known for its positive effects on the nervous and circulatory systems, including aromatherapeutic value.

Garcinia Indica Seed Butter – known as “Kokum”, the ancient fruit tree known for its culinary, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical uses.  Kokum has a long history in Ayurvedic medicine and traditionally used to treat sores, dermatitis and to facilitate digestion.

Persicaria Hydropiper Extract –the whole water pepper plant called Bishkatali in Bangladesh. Leaves of the plant are utilized in the treatment of rheumatic pain, gout, and many skin diseases, acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Vetivera Zizanoides Root Oil – steam distillation of the roots yields an amber colored oil with an earthy, smoky, calming aroma.  Health properties include anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative, tonic, and wound healing.

In Part 3, we'll dive deeper into traditional chinese medicine!