Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. The word comes from the Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (knowledge).
Though Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic medicine, was documented in the sacred historical texts known as the Vedas many centuries ago. Ayurveda has evolved over the years and is now integrated with other traditional practices, including yoga.
Ayurveda is widely practiced on the Indian subcontinent — more than 90 percent of Indians use some form of Ayurvedic medicine. According to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing. The tradition has gained popularity in the Western world. though it’s still considered an alternative medical treatment.
SCIENCE OF LIFE
Ayurveda or “science of life” is an ancient Indian system of medicine found on the immutable laws of nature. it views each patient as a unique, complex individual. Unlike other medical modalities, which focus on the treatment of symptoms of an illness, Ayurveda concentrates on the source of the patient’s disease, supporting the body’s innate wisdom to restore optimal health.
The basis of Ayurvedic philosophy is the belief that the intelligence of the natural world is within each of us.The five basic elements of the universe – ether, air, fire, water and earth – combine in the body into three characteristic humors (doshas): Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Above all Ayurvedic medicine stimulates our inner intelligence, and activates our own unlimited healing potential in order to achieve optimal balance of the three doshas.
Ayurveda’s benefits include:
- Personalization – customized solutions based on an individual’s unique needs
- Long lasting results – targeting the root cause of imbalance
- Cost-effectiveness – emphasis is on prevention of future imbalances
- Sustainability – natural, holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit
Ayurveda does not treat symptoms – it targets the root of illness
The emphasis of Ayurveda is on maintenance of balance in the system or disease prevention. Because the philosophy of Ayurveda is not just for human health but is a total scientific system encompassing all matter and energy in the universe. By recognizing the fundamental elements in our universe and understanding how to detect their qualities in our own lives – in our environment, bodies, and minds – Ayurvedic wisdom provides the key to maintaining and restoring balance.
For example, when there is too much of one element present in the human system, introducing counter elements can restore balance—completely naturally. This common sense approach enables us to target the elemental root of illness, restoring total mind, body and spirit wellness.
AYURVEDIC HEALING INTERVENTION
How it “works”
Ayurvedic healing focuses on completely understanding the client’s physical, mental and emotional state. The ancient texts provide us clear guidelines for assessing the unique mind-body constitution of an individual and how to detect an imbalance. Based on an individual’s state of health, lifestyle recommendations or healing interventions are recommended to address his or her unique needs. Additional factors of time such as age, the seasons and time of day also contribute to best practices for health.
Ayurvedic guidelines and healing interventions can include:
Supplement and herbal recommendations
Panchakarma (five-fold detoxification) and Rasayana (rejuvenation)
Yoga, Pranayama (breathwork) and meditation
Exercise and activity guidelines
Living environment and climate recommendations
Many simple lifestyle changes have a dramatic impact on well-being, but when an imbalance cannot be resolved through lifestyle changes alone, Ayurveda offers even deeper healing interventions in the forms of:
The Vedic texts outline in detail the recipes of herbal combinations for managing a variety of imbalances.
Atotal system of detoxification, including bodywork, herbalized oil treatments and specialized diets over the course of several days.