Ayurveda is the world's foremost healing art, and ancient system of natural medicine. Ayurveda is considered to date back more than 5000 years, yet today it is still considered to be the most complete and holistic form of natural health care. Most westerners know about Yoga, but few realize there is a sister science to Yoga, that uses special therapies, foods, herbal remedies, and lifestyle changes to further aid and balance the body, mind and consciousness and it is known as Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a sanskrit word, and can be defined as, the wisdom or knowledge of Living. It recognizes that every person, although similar in many ways, all have an unique makeup of both body and mind. The unique energetic and genetic blueprint of each person is referred to as their constitution or dosha. There are three main doshic types, Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. While a person may be dominant or have tendencies toward one, two or all three of these doshic types, every person does have all three within them, and that mix is different person to person. Ayurvedic medicine seeks to discover the individual's constitution or dosha, in order to find out what can causes balance or imbalance for each person.
It may be true there are certain things that every person needs; food, sleep, exercise, healthy relationships, air and water. However each person need may need different types of food, sleep, exercise, healthy relationships, breathing exercises and varying amounts water consumption. For example; one person may do well and even thrive off eating raw veggies, while for another person eating too many raw veggies causes them to experience digestive problems. Some people do well with hot spices foods, others cannot tolerate them, so people need more sleep, others need less, some people can eat a lot of food and never gain weight, other can eat moderately but easily gain weight. All of these examples are differences in doshas. Through Ayurveda we can discover our unique dosha, and we can learn and adopt what kinds of foods, and lifestyles that are best for us. By understanding our doshas and how to keep it in balance, we are able to build digestive strength, build immunity, physical health and mental wellbeing. Ayurveda is extremely effective in regaining and building health.
By understanding our dosha and adopting an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle we can learn how to live in balance, and perfect health. Ayurvedic medicine is the science of life, and it is there for us to discover and utilize, so we can live our best life.