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Ayurveda, The Science of Life

10 Sep

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, which means “Science of Life” in Sanskrit, is a 5000 year old holistic medical system from India.  Its aim is to provide guidance in regards to food and lifestyle so the healthy can stay healthy and those that are facing health issues can overcome them.  Since it uses a constitutional model, each recommendation is often different for each patient as to which foods and lifestyle should be observed.  Just as Yoga recognizes the relationship between the mind, the body and the soul, so does the principals of Ayurveda.

As we identify the most with our bodies, we can undoubtedly conclude that underlying the physical structure is the mind.  The mind not only controls our thought process, it also controls our circulation,  respiration, digestions and elimination.  We have senses to assist the  mind with balancing the bodies functions, however when we over indulge or deprive our senses, mind becomes imbalanced and therefore so does the body.  This leads to disease so maintaining the clarity of our senses is an essential part of allowing the mind and body to integrate their functions in keeping us happy and healthy.

History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is documented to be 3000 years old and is the longest practiced medicinal system in the world.  It was originally practiced by the Vedic culture and spread through Tibet, China, Persia, Greece, Egypt, Rome and Indonesia.  It was originally founded by Rishis, or great sages, of the golden period.  The practice was banned in India during British Rule and many Ayurvedic schools and colleges were torn down.  During this period it became known as the poor mans medicine as it was mainly practiced in rural villages.  Today, Ayurveda is reemerging in India and is very popular in the west.

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