What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit words Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge) is an approach to healthy living based on the holistic wisdom of the ancient eastern sciences. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and literally, means the science of life. It is an approach to living in harmony with the universe, the seasons, and nature to achieve optimum health.

Through a variety of detoxification and rejuvenation treatments combined with specific diet and lifestyle changes, Ayurveda aims to re-balance body, mind, and spirit. Once established in that harmonious state, vibrant health arises spontaneously and naturally.​

Five basic tenets of Ayurveda are:

  • Meditation

  • Life style based on individual constitution (includes yoga, breathwork, exercise and stress reduction techniques)

  • Nutrition based on individual constitution (includes what to eat, how to eat, what not to eat, when to eat and what combinations of foods to eat)

  • Herbs, spices and supplements to augment homeostasis (internal balance)

  • Cellular Detoxification and Rejuvenation techniques (Panchakarma and Rasayana therapies) to improve the quality of the extracellular fluid which influences genetic expression (Science of Epigenetics). This is extremely helpful in management of chronic illnesses like Auto - immune diseases, arthritis, gastrointestinal diseases, recovery from cancer and major surgeries, Diabetes, skin conditions and degenerative neurological diseases. It is also one of the best techniques to prevent disease and slow down ageing.​

Ayurveda's outstanding attribute is the recognition of the uniqueness of each individual, thereby allowing treatment to be tailored to each individual and their environment. Ayurveda describes individuality through 3 doshas, or constitutional qualities: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Every person has a pre-set balance of these qualities. When the doshas are balanced within an individual, health is the result. When they are imbalanced, the disease is the eventual outcome. In general, Ayurveda seeks to restore health by restoring balance.

The History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient traditional healing modality that is about 5000 years old. The wise seers and sages of the time, intuitively understanding the physiology and workings of the mind-body-spirit long before the advents of modern medicine, explained the basic principles of Ayurveda.

The fundamentals are then laid out in several major treatises, including the texts from Charaka, Sushruta, and Vaghbhat. Some of these texts are 1500-2500 years old. The benefits of Ayurvedic medicine have been proven over centuries of use, and its methodologies are as applicable today in the West as they were thousands of years ago in the Indian subcontinent.

Who Benefits the Best from Ayurveda?

Two groups of clients:

  • Those who want to create a state of super-health by modulating their immune system to prevent disease and slow down the process of aging.

  • Those who are facing chronic life style diseases and need help to maintain a state of health and use integrative approaches to manage their disease process. Examples: Chronic lifestyle diseases like autoimmune diseases, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, arteriosclerotic heart diseases neurological diseases, skin diseases and cancer.

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