By Dr. Ranjana Chawla, Ay.D., C.A.S | 05/17/2019

What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?

Many of the health problems that we have today stem from the fact that we are getting more and more disconnected from our bodies. Every day all the choices we make – including what we eat, how we eat, what we do, how we handle stress and what we think – profoundly influence our health.

Ayurveda science believes that every person is 100% unique in every way, and our approach to living, growing and healing should show this too. This holistic science is practiced all over the world, originating in India nearly 5,000 years ago. It doesn’t just deal with curing ailments and diseases, it teaches people how to avoid disease. It focuses on how to proactively develop your health in the best way and keep up a healthy “state.”

Ayurveda believes every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. They are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth). Everyone is a unique mix of the three doshas. One is usually stronger than the others. It’s believed that your chances of getting sick, and the diseases you develop are linked to the balance of your doshas. If you practice a lifestyle designed to balance these elements and bring harmony to your being, the process of physical deterioration is slowed down, and disease is cured. Illness is treated through proper diet, lifestyle changes and the use of herbal remedies customized to your own unique constitution.

The goal is to “catch” the ailment by the root and produce cures.  Ayurveda believes in treating the underlying root cause of the disease to help the healthy person to keep up good health and the unhealthy person to regain good health. This practice promotes human happiness at the physical, mental and spiritual levels.

Ayurveda medicine is based on the belief that your health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Treatments are geared toward specific health problems in a personalized approach knowing your mind-body type. It allows you to make optimal choices about diet, and other aspects of your lifestyle.

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