What is Ayurveda
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. ~ Ayurvedic Proverb
Ayur-veda translates as: the Science of Life. It teaches us to become aware of ourselves in relation to our environment and the world around us. It also teaches us to be aware of what we put into ourselves from foods, to sounds, emotions, smells and more. It is a science that isn’t just trying to extend life but is improving the quality of life as well.
Ayurveda is based on reading the body by the elements of nature and understanding which elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Space) are predominant in an individual’s constitution. Disease is an imbalance of your natural state, and Ayurveda accesses which elements are out of balance to create a plan to bring you back into harmony.
If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.” (Read that again)
Although Ayurveda is an ancient science of health and healing, it is as relevant today as when it was first described more than 5,000 years ago. It was developed for the purpose of preventing diseases in those who are healthy, and during disease in those who are sick. While times have changed the fundamental principles of healing have not.
The early Ayurvedic physicians described the proper use of our five senses and the importance of proper lifestyle in the healing process. Remarkably, these physicians described the same diseases we suffer from today including diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, cancer, digestive disease and more. They have left us with detailed instructions on how to maximize the potential of the body to heal from each of these conditions.
While you are healing one part of the system, you are also doing things that keep the rest of the body and mind healthy. While the Western healthcare system sometimes is confused and often does not understand a disease, Ayurveda offers many remedies that can help locate the problem and bring relief. Above all, it looks for the root cause of disease and teaches you how to reverse the disease process by dealing with the factors that created the disease in the first place rather than putting a Band-Aid on the problem.