The most populous continent may be the largest, but it is also home to some of the oldest civilizations, gave birth to the world’s greatest religions and is where many ancient therapeutic practices of the past survived to benefit modern man.
The customs and traditions of Asia are handed down through families and societies from one generation to the next. Asian Traditions, the room fragrance created by Singapore Memories captures the aromas of Asia; hundreds of orchids are blended with frankincense, guggul, and triphala to help balance the mind, body and spirit.
Asia – the philosophical continent
India gave birth to eastern philosophy including Buddhism (around the 4th century BC) with its trans-regional and trans-cultural thought, Hinduism (somewhere around 1500 BC) which is both a religion and way of life and the Sikh (16th century) philosophy of righteousness, equality and believing in God’s grace.
In China, Confucianism (500BC) was the philosophical practice of how a person should act to be in harmony with the law of Heaven.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical methods to be practiced in the world and originated in India more than 5000 years ago. The Sanskrit word combines the word ‘Ayu’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning knowledge. The body is healed by balancing the mind, body, and soul and health is maintained by keeping a balance between three doshas or energy fields: ‘Vata’ (ether and air), ‘Pitta’ (fire and water) and ‘Kapha’ (water and earth).
Its treatments are based on a number of principles and are customized for each individual by taking a number of factors into consideration including doshas, personality and astrological charts. The treatments may entail the use of one or a combination of the following: indigenous herb therapies, a special diet, massage, amulets, and yogic exercises.
Traditional Asian medicine has been practiced for thousands of years and includes the use of local herbs, massage, exercise, and acupuncture. The principles behind these are to not only fight disease, but to prevent it too.
The principles behind it are: ‘Qi’ or the life energy that runs throughout the body and how to keep it flowing, and ‘yin and yang’, the opposites that need to be balanced. Yin is the night, dark, cold, feminine and negative as opposed to Yang which is the day, light, warm, positive, and male. The life energies of ‘Qi’ are reliant on the balance.
Orchids offer much more than just their beauty and aromas; their medicinal powers have been used in Asian medicine to help heal a multitude of ailments and to relieve pain. The list of therapeutic orchids is so long that it is impossible to individually mention them and therapeutic powers in one article. For those interested, here is an alphabetical list of orchids and their therapeutic uses.
Asian Traditions, by Singapore Memories is the ultimate corporate gift and souvenir from Singapore. It combines the generations of philosophical and healing traditions that help to maintain the balance needed by the mind, body, and spirit.