The word Ayur-veda together means the knowledge of life. It is an ancient holistic system of medicine from India that understands health in terms of a constitutional model. Each of us manifests a mixture of each of the three constitutional energetic forces – or doshas. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding specially designed treatments, food and lifestyle so that health can be optimized and illness healed.
This science is based on the ‘Five Great Elements’ (Panch-maha-bhuta) theory. These five elements are earth (prithvi), water (jal), fire (agni or tej), air (vayu) and ether or space (akash). Just as in nature, we too have these five elements in us. When any of these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have an influence on us.
Since Ayurveda considers food to be medicine, it focuses on diet and lifestyle as the foundation for good health, allowing you to take more control over your health and well being. Along with proper nutrition, it uses Ayurvedic herbs and Ayurvedic therapies that have been utilized for thousands of years. Medicinal herbs have many properties and potential actions, and, when manufactured and used properly, they achieve the desired results without creating further imbalances. Modern medicine is fast waking up to the miracle of Ayurveda and almost all the major Drug Companies in the world are investing billons of dollars into the nature-molecule quest. So, as with any type of health care, it is important to have the guidance and close supervision of a trained clinician through regular follow-ups and good communication.
Ayurveda is a very effective system of alternative medicine that is slowly being recognized in the West. It is one if the primary time-tested systems of health care in India, and has been used for thousands of years for all sorts of ailments and disorders. Its full effectiveness will depend on various considerations, including your age and state of health, how much effort you are willing to put into making the necessary changes toward better health, and how disciplined you are with taking your formulas and following the recommended guidelines. Since an Ayurvedic regime is very individualized, its results will depend on individual factors and on follow-up treatments. What cannot be overemphasized is that adjustments and close supervision are absolutely necessary to obtain optimal results.
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