WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is not just the science of health, IT IS the science and wisdom of life, and part of the Vedic system of knowledge.
It is a comprehensive system of medicine originating in the region of India during Vedic times, over 10,000 years ago.
Between 1000 – 700 BC, Ayurveda developed into 8 branches or specialties and two schools: Atreya, the school of physicians, and the root of all medical systems today; and Dhanvantari, the school of surgeons which is the first known surgical system known to mankind. The Surgical system also contains descriptions of the marmas – vital points in the body that are comparable to the system of acupuncture meridians in Chinese Medicine.
Ayurveda perceives human beings as the microcosm of the macrocosm, and highlights our interconnection and interdependence with nature. In achieving health it always stresses this connection and uses strategies which link us (back) to nature. Ayurveda assists individuals to take control of their own health and increase self-reliance and re-establishes our connection to the environment. Ayurveda is not limited to medicine or therapy; instead it implies a holistic approach to life and living in harmony with nature.
Ayurveda is also the sister science of yoga, and covers practices which include natural medicine, meditation, color therapy, herbal body treatments, and detoxification protocols called Pancha Karma, that all work together to create balance and health in body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda understands and treats discomfort and disease by understanding the imbalances in our constitutions, which, in Ayurveda, are comprised of three doshas (forces of energy): Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Derived from the elements, our doshas are the three biological energies that govern our physical and mental processes. Vata is associated with movement of air and ether; Pitta with transformation of fire and water; and Kapha with the rootedness of earth and the fluidity of water.
We are all born with a percentage of each dosha, and in perfect balance, but when any of our doshas slip out of balance, we begin to feel uneasy, and that unease, unless dealt with, will ultimately manifest as disease. When we use Ayurvedic principles and healing herbal protocols and body treatments, we can easily rebalance our doshas, and health and wellbeing can be restored.
WHAT MAKES MAKES AYURVEDA SPECIAL?
- It respects the uniqueness of the individual
- It considers all the levels of the individual – body, mind, and spirit
- It offers natural ways of treating diseases and promoting health
- It emphasizes prevention
- It empowers everyone to take responsibility for their own well-being
- it is cost-effective
- it works!