What is Ayurveda?

Translates to the ‘knowledge of life’ or ‘understanding of nature’.

Ayurveda is the 5000-year-old healing science of India. It is the oldest medical system continually practiced by Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist  countries throughout the world. The World Health Organization estimates that Ayurvedic Medicine treats almost one third of the world’s population! This ancient medicine has clearly proven the test of time.

Ayurvedic Medicine treats the individual rather than the disease by looking at the body’s function as opposed to its structure. It strives to bring the systems of the body into equilibrium so that the body, or metabolism, functions as a unit according to the needs of its environment.

Ayurveda Helps People Understand Their Unique Individual Nature. 

Ayurveda Helps People Understand Their Unique Individual Nature.

Ayurveda is based on the understanding that your daily activities create the power for either health or disease. If you live in accord with your individual metabolism, activities, and diet, then health is realized effortlessly. On the other hand, if you live in conflict with these elements, disease results. The old saying that one man’s food is another man’s poison illustrates the concept and shows us this knowledge exists across many cultures and has withstood the test of time. Diet and activity are the foundation of health or disease according to Ayurveda as they provide the energy and nutrients that bring power to the body.

What Is a Dosha?

Your Dosha in Ayurveda is made up of both your healthy fundamental nature and your potentially unhealthy developed state of imbalance.

Your healthy fundamental nature dosha is called your Prakriti.  If you have developed an unhealthy state of imbalance, that Dosha is called your Vikriti.  In western medicine, this is referred to as disease, disorder or pathology.

When determining your Vikriti Dosha, you must consider both your fundamental natural state as well as any developed unhealthy state you are currently experiencing. You may consider this current state your disease or disorder under western medical terminology.

Prakriti Dosha

Your Natural State of Balance

Prakriti is the natural balanced dosha state of your body prior to effects of outside influence. Prakriti literally translates to “original creation.”

Vikriti Dosha

Your Current State of Imbalance

Vakriti is your current state of imbalance caused by external influences.  Imbalances manifest in the form of health conditions such as disorders and diseases.

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