” NOTHING HAS MORE POWER TO HEAL THE BODY THAN THE MIND ITSELF “
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, originating from two Sanskrit words, Ayu (life) and Veda (science), is an ancient healing system originating in the Indian subcontinent that relies on herbs for maintaining good health. Historical records suggest that the journey of Ayurveda began in India more than 5,000 years ago.
What is the philosophy of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda believes that human beings, just like animals and plants are all a part of nature, and are interdependent on each other to create balance within their beings. Any changes in weather, diet, emotions, relationships, financial status, and lifestyle can easily tip the balance and negatively influence an individual’s state of mind, body and soul.
How does Ayurveda Diagnose and treat Disorders and Imbalances?
According to Ayurvedic texts, the human body comprises three body states which include Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata consists of the elements air and ether, which give us movement and activity. Pitta includes the elements fire and water, which are responsible for heat, appetite and digestion, and Kapha is characterized by the elements earth and water, which are responsible for water and other bodily fluids. When the three body states are in perfect harmony, the individual enjoys good health, whereas an imbalance in the states causes disease.
Ayurveda seeks to address this state of imbalance through a process of holistic healing that included medicinal herbs, dietary and lifestyle changes, Ayurvedic massage, and Shirodhara (dripping oil in forehead region).
What to expect during your visit to an Ayurvedic pracitioner?
A trained practitioner will not only examine your body, but will take an extensive personal and medical history, including questions about daily diet, profession and working conditions, exercise routines, relationships, and mental health. They may also feel your pulse to figure out the predominant dosha (body humour) at that point in time that might be causing the discomfort or dis-ease.