what is ayurveda?


Ayurveda, which translates as “knowledge of life,” is a system of holistic health that was developed in India more than 5000 years ago. It is the oldest system of recorded medicine. When we break down the word “Ayurveda” into two parts, we get the words “Ayur” which means “life”, and “Veda” which means knowledge. However, this is a very simplified translation of the word “Ayurveda.”

Ayurveda is both a science and an art form. It recognizes that there are principles in life that can be systematically investigated, tested, and practically applied for enhancing health and longevity. Ayurveda also recognizes the importance of finding a satisfying way to express your unique talents and personality.

The Ayurvedic system examines a person’s physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the living a healthy and satisfying life. According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, universal life force manifests as three different energies, or doshas, known as vata, pitta, and kapha.

We’re all made up of a unique combination of these three forces. Though everyone has some of each, most people tend to have an abundance of one or two of the doshas. This unique combination is determined at the moment of conception, and is your own personal blueprint, or prakriti (your nature). To discover your Prakriti – take our Dosha Test.

As you move through life, the proportion of each of the three doshas constantly fluctuates according to your environment, your diet, the seasons, the climate, your age, and many other factors. As they move into and out of balance, the doshas can affect your health, energy level, and general mood.

Ayurvedic treatment is carefully tailored to the individual. By examining a person’s constitution, current symptoms, diet and lifestyle, the physician designs a treatment to relieve symptoms as well as to develop and maintain optimal health. Ayurvedic medicine excels at treating chronic illness and imbalances. To learn more about Ayurvedic consultation click here.