Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda as well. Ayurveda, translated into “ the system of life” is a nature-based approach to healing that recognizes the unique differences of every individual. It takes into consideration that since every one of us is unique, every illness is unique to each being. Therefore, in Ayurveda, we seek to treat not only the symptoms, but the person holistically, by attempting to dissolve the underlying cause of suffering and imbalance and to re-establish the fundamental state of well being.
Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic connection between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that are derived from different elements that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.
Each of us has a unique proportion of these three energies that shape us into who we are. An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance and equilibrium. After determining where the imbalance lies, you must re-establish balance through a variety of different techniques including proper diet, herbs, yoga, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation.