Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” in Sanskrit
Ayurveda is a traditional medicine from India. Its roots go back over 5000 years to the time of the Vedas in India. It was developed by the wise men of the time practicing the spiritual yogi system. Āyurveda remains a form of traditional medicine still practiced in South Asia and recognized by the World Health Organization.
The rediscovery of oriental medicines
In the West, renewed interest in alternative medicines and eastern philosophies has led to the rediscovery of Ayurveda. It is a way of life that includes several aspects: therapeutic, diet, holistic and spiritual.
The search for perfect balance
According to Ayurveda, a state of well-being and physical wholeness can only be achieved when the mind, body, senses and emotions are in perfect balance.
The fundamental universal elements of air, space, water and fire and earth combine to create the three governing forces (or constitutions) known as Doshas:
- Vata (space and air)
- Pitta (water and fire)
- Kapha (water and earth)
Each individual has these three forces in them with a dominance of one of them. The goal of Ayurveda is to bring one’s dominant Dosha into balance.