“Your body is designed to heal itself. The ability of a body to maintain its health and overcome illness is, in fact, among nature’s most remarkable feats. But you’ve been placed in a world that systematically interferes with this natural capacity, and your conscious involvement in your health is required if you are to truly prosper.” -Donna Eden
Ayurveda is the medical counterpart to yogic science and is the traditional medical system in India. Its origins date back to over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda works to treat the body on all levels (physical, mental and spiritual) in an organic fashion (using natural foods, herbs, and other healing modalities) versus the allopathic approach of traditional Western medicine using inorganic medications to treat the physical body only. Ayurveda aims to align the patient with a lifestyle that will support the mind, body and spirit rather than a lifestyle that will simply suppress or subdue the ailment.
The application of Ayurveda requires active participation of the patient and will not work without it.
Ayurveda literally means “longevity” and “science” in Sanskrit. It is grounded in metaphysics, and operates on the foundation that the body consists of five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether), which function in pairs to create the three biological humors or doshas of your body.
According to Ayurveda, many of us are born with a slight tendency towards one or two of these doshas, which when left unchecked can lead to disproportion in the body. For example, someone who is naturally quick and airy may suffer from anxiety, insomnia or arthritis if they habitually eat foods or lead a lifestyle that contributes to this inclination.
In essence, Ayurveda is the art of identifying what your doshic likelihood is and then actively working to balance it through the use of natural therapies in order to bring harmony to both your body and your mental state.