What is Ayurveda?
What is Ayurveda?
And How Can It Help You?
Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine in the world.
Tracing its origins to ancient India, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health and wellness that seeks to balance body, mind and soul.
The word Ayurveda means “Science of Life” and reflects the simple idea that the laws which govern nature and the cosmos also operate within humans.
This means every aspect of daily life can contribute to overall health.
Conversely, this also means that we can become unbalanced when we do not follow a lifestyle that is best suited to us
We Are Each Unique
The jewel of Ayurveda is its’ recognition that every person is an individual, and every individual has their own path to optimal health.
To understand what this path looks like for you, you need to understand your constitution or body type.
Contemporary medicine is starting to come to the same conclusion, as we recognize that there is no such thing as one diet, exercise or lifestyle choice that is best for all.
Knowing your constitution can be of great benefit to you all your life as you are then able to adapt your wellness choices to align with your individual temperament – leading to good health.
A great example of this is the raw food diet. Some of us can do quite well eating mostly uncooked plant matter. But many of us cannot.
Your temperament will show whether raw foods and juices are beneficial to you, or if they can in fact create further imbalances in your digestive health
Your Food is Your Medicine
Another fundamental idea within the Ayurvedic approach to life is the understanding that what we eat has the most significant impact upon our state of health as well as upon our mind
Ayurveda has developed an extremely sophisticated understanding of the digestive system and its relationship to all other vital body systems, including immunity, nerve function and cardio-vascular health.
It is entirely possible that the ancient physicians of India recognized the role and importance of the human microbiome, thousand of years before it was discovered in the West
Recent developments in Western medicine are confirming what Ayurveda has known all along. Every system in your body is affected by what you eat.
Therefore, following the diet that is best suited to your constitution is not only best on a daily level, but can also have enormous life-long benefits
Ancient Wisdom For Modern Lives
Through observing subtle forces in the natural world, Ayurvedic physicians developed a profound system of medicine based on thousands of years of practical application.
Ayurvedic scholars were the first to conduct detailed studies of anatomy, perform complex surgeries and understand the mechanics of the human body, including the development of the foetus in the womb.
Ayurvedic have been translated into Greek and Arabic, and so became part of the foundation for modern Western medicine.
From its earliest known roots over 5000 years ago, Ayurveda has spread throughout the world.
Today, Ayurveda is being rediscovered.
Many of its fundamental teachings are now being proven through standardized trials and clinical research, offering safe yet powerful ways to bring the body back to its own natural state of wellness.
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