What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a medical science and its purpose is to heal and to maintain the quality and longevity of life. It is an art of daily living that has evolved from practical, philosophical and spiritual illumination, rooted in the understanding of Creation. It offers a profound understanding of each person’s unique body, mind, and consciousness, which is the foundation of health and happiness.Dr. Vasant Lad

Ayurveda – a multidimensional healing system

Ayurveda is a traditional medical science originating in India, and is a preventive health care system for thousands of years. Besides focusing on maintaining balance in life in general, this system specifically aims at restoring health in case of disease. The wisdom, knowledge and practical tools of Ayurveda are increasingly applied and used in the modern western world. Ayurveda is a holistic system: it includes body, mind, and soul in order to create a balanced life. The system places great emphasis on creating a natural and healthy balance in people’s lives while stating that every individual has a unique constitution.

Body-mind interaction

Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to life with many levels of dynamics and interactions. An important aspect of this science of life is formed by the fact that body and mind are in constant interaction and of mutual influence on each other. Even modern scientific and medical research moves increasingly towards acceptance of this principle. The whole Ayurveda approach is based on the five nature elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth) and the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Balance within the three fundamental doshas leads to optimal health and well-being; a disbalance will give complaints or diseases. By knowing how to influence this complex interaction of bio-energies, one can restore health. 

The purpose of Ayurveda

The purpose of Ayurveda is to offer healthy people tools and a way of living so they remain balanced. It also supports people who suffer from illness and disease so they may become healthy and balanced once again. To achieve this, Ayurveda teaches the science of life. In this sience, we can find comprehensive technical knowledge like nutrition, lifestyle, herbalism and treatments. On the other hand, Ayurveda is a self-awareness and insight-oriented science. It includes philosophical aspects and aims to create human happiness, health and creativity.

Including soul or spirit 

Ayurveda is a holistic system in which body, mind and soul are inseparable. It has a lot to offer in body/mind remedies. This can be very useful in dealing with today’s increasingly frequent psychosomatic disorders. Ayurvedic yoga, meditation and lifestyle advice can have great therapeutic benefits. These tools are increasingly recognized and accepted in the western medical world. Within the core concept of Ayurveda, personal growth and spirituality play an important and obvious role. This counts for health and for life in general. 

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