Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life.
According to Ayurveda, dis-ease and discomfort originate as an imbalance or stress in a person's consciousness. Ayurveda encourages lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment. Alongside diet, herbal medicine is central to the Ayurvedic treatment.
In India, Ayurveda is considered a form of medical care equal to conventional Western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathic medicine, and homeopathic medicine. Ayurveda informs us that the mind and body are always aligned, and nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. In other words, your freedom from dis-ease depends on your ability to expand your consciousness.
Ayurveda believes that each person is unique physically, mentally, and emotionally. This unique nature is mirrored in the person’s body type or Dosha. The Doshas reflect three main governing principles of nature, called Vata (air, ether), Pitta (fire, water), and Kapha (earth, water). Each person has their own dominant Dosha or a combination of two or three doshas. Knowing your body type (Prakriti) gives you an understanding of your physical, emotional, and mental attributes, which can help in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions. An important goal of Ayurveda is not only to identify your ideal state of balance but also to determine your patterns of imbalance. During a session, a complete past medical history will be taken to evaluate and address your unique needs. After proper assessment, individualized treatment is formulated, including dietary recommendations, a sample menu, a food list to include and to avoid, and herbal supplements.