What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, the “science of life” or longevity, is the holistic alternative science from India, and is more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in the human existence, thus being the foundation of all others. Ayurveda is the most comprehensive medical system available. The ancient Ayurvedic system was astoundingly complete. Students could choose a  specialty from eight branches of medicine as follows: internal medicine, ears nose and throat, toxicology,pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry, aphrodisiacs, and rejuvenation.

Ayurveda is more than the original world medicine; it is a spiritual science. This is the most important aspect of Ayurveda. It suggests 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.

The world of western health care has been profoundly impacted by Ayurveda in the 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 potential to heal chronic conditions, Ayurveda promises to improve and maintain health and increase longevity.

As Yoga is considered to be the spiritual side of Ayurveda, likewise Ayurveda is the healing side of Yoga. Both Ayurveda and Yoga encompass a complete approach to the well being of the physical body, the mind and the spirit. They synergistically strive to help a person to reconnect to their true nature through direct experience.

Ayurveda comprehends health and disease as the end result of our interactions with our environment. It breaks down to the fact that harmonious interactions lead to health while disharmonious interactions lead to disease. Ayurveda is the science of creating and sustaining greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.

In terms of Ayurveda, 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, which ultimately determine our actions.

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

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