AYURVEDA

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Introduction to Ayurveda

 

Understood to be the oldest and most holistic medical system in the world, Ayurveda is the traditional, ancient Indian system of health science. Its name literally means, “life knowledge.” The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (to know), making it the ‘science of life’. The Ayurvedic method of holistic healthcare emphasizes balancing the body, mind, and spirit to treat and prevent disease. This 5,000-year-old practice focuses on harmonizing the body with nature through diet, herbal remedies, yoga and meditation, exercise, lifestyle, and body cleansing. It is considered the sister science of yoga.

 

Ayurveda holds that specific disease conditions are symptoms of an underlying imbalance in the Doshas. It’s main focus is to restore balance and to help you create a healthy lifestyle. Health is defined in this ancient Ayurveda sutra from the sushutra samhita :

 

समदोषः समाग्निश्च समधातु मलक्रियः |

 

प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रिय मनाः स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते ||

 

– Sushruta Samhita

 

A HEALTHY PERSON:

 

Is established in Self
Has balanced Doshas and Agni (adequate Digestion)
Has properly formed Tissues (Dhatus)
Has proper elimination of wastes (Mala kriya)

 

Has properly functioning bodily Process, and
Has blissful Soul, satisfied Senses and a happy state of Mind

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