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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional healing science of life and longevity that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, and thus the foundation of all others. Ayurveda offers the most comprehensive medical system available. The ancient Ayurvedic system was astoundingly complete, including eight branches of medicine: internal medicine; ears, nose and throat; toxicology; pediatrics; surgery; psychiatry; aphrodisiacs; and rejuvenation.

More than the original world medicine, Ayurveda is also a spiritual science. The most important aspect of Ayurveda is the belief that true health is based on the healthy functioning of five areas of life: physical / mental health; career or life purpose; spiritual relationships (including personal and world ethics and fair trade); ecology; and spirituality.

Ayurveda comprehends health and disease as the end result of our interactions with our environment. Harmonious interactions lead to health, while disharmonious interactions lead to disease. We are constantly creating and recreating our personal state of health each and every day based upon how we interact with the world in terms of our belief system, thoughts, perceptions and feelings – and ultimately, our actions. Ayurveda is the science of creating and sustaining greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.

Determined at the moment of conception, our inner nature is called our constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy stays with us throughout our lives. It determines what is in harmony with our nature and what will cause us to become unbalanced, sick and diseased. Being knowledgeable about our individual constitution is of paramount importance to developing optimal health. Our constitution determines our reactions to different foods, colors and aromas, as well as general life habits.

The world of western health care has been profoundly impacted by Ayurveda in recent years. Popular books by Deepak Chopra, MD, and others have drawn attention to the tremendous potential of this ancient healing system. Along with the ability to address chronic conditions, Ayurveda promises to improve and maintain overall health and increase longevity.

Both Ayurveda and Yoga encompass a complete approach to the well being of the physical body, the mind and the spirit. Yoga is considered to be the spiritual side, while Ayurveda is the healing side. Together, they work synergistically to help a person to reconnect to their true nature through direct experience. These two elements are intertwined so closely that it is hard to imagine traveling down one of these paths with no knowledge of the other.

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