Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in the Indian subcontinent for at least 5000 years. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Ayurveda is often integrated with other traditional practices.
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Ayurveda, known also as Ayurvedic medicine, is an ancient medical system that has its roots in India and has been considered by many as one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world.
Although ayurveda remains relatively unknown in the west, in India, it has been estimated that over 80%, of people use Ayurvedic medicine, either exclusively, or in conjunction with conventional (western) medicine.
Ayurvedic medicine stems from the belief that every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works.
Vata dosha (space and air)
Pitta dosha (fire and water)
Kapha dosha (water and earth)
Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others. Each one controls a different body function. It’s believed that the balance of your doshas is essential for good health.
Ayurvedic consultations focus on in-depth analysis of your health and possible imbalances. A practitioner will take detailed health history and determine which dosha (vata, pitta, kapha) is predominant and which dosha is out of balance.
Restored balance is accomplished by:
Ayurvedic lifestyle adjustments
Ayurvedic sense therapies
Ayurvedic herbs, meditation and yoga.