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What is Ayurveda?

For someone new to Ayurveda, Ayurveda is an ancient method of alternative medicine that is one of the oldest holistic healing systems. In Ayurveda, we see the body as a whole unit functioning together. The main goal is to promote good health, not just fight disease; however, the treatments are geared towards specific health problems. Ayurveda is derived from two words: Ayur which means life, and Veda which means sacred science. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is not simply about taking any herbal formula and waiting for the results. Instead, Ayurveda encourages you to take health into your own hands by practicing lifestyle changes.

The use of natural herbs and supplements for the prevention of disease and maintenance of good health is just one aspect of Ayurveda. It sees body, mind and soul as one. 

To understand Ayurveda, you need to understand how it sees the human body. In Ayurveda, we see the body in the form of "Doshas" or elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether (Space). According to this ancient science, disease manifests itself due to imbalances in these elements. 

To understand DOSHAS, read our blog post about them.

 

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