What is Āyurveda?

What is Āyurveda?

ĀYURVEDA IS AN ANCIENT AND COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL SCIENCE, WHICH INCLUDES SIMPLE LIFESTYLE PRACTICES

Āyurveda is an ancient medical science that comes from India, and it remains a traditional healthcare system of India today. It is often categorized as an alternative medicine but can be and is typically practiced in the west, as a complementary medicine; meaning, in addition to rather than instead of traditional western medicine.

Āyurveda is sanskrit for “the science of optimal life”, and it’s a comprehensive medical system that incorporates:

  • gynecology,
  • psychology,
  • geriatrics,
  • surgery, and
  • toxicology,
  • amongst other specialized medical fields.

ĀYURVEDA INCORPORATES SIMPLE LIFESTYLE ROUTINES TO REALIGN YOU WITH THE RHYTHMS OF NATURE

Additionally, it is a lifestyle science that can easily be adopted by any home practitioner for optimal health, and this is what it is most popularly known for in the west.

ĀYURVEDA VIEWS THE WORLD THROUGH THE LENS OF FIVE ELEMENT THEORY (EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR, ETHER/SPACE).

The lifestyle practices from Āyurveda offer simple guidelines for daily practice, which are called dinacharya in sanskrit. This roughly translates to “daily routine”, and includes protocols for the best times to wake and sleep according to circadian cycles, or the best times to eat meals, or how to best prepare meals to optimize digestion, as well as internal and external cleansing routines amongst other protocols that support the natural intelligence of the body-mind mechanism.

EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL ELEMENTAL CONSTITUTION IS DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS AND PERSONAL HABITS

Āyurvedic routines realign us with the rhythms of nature, and āyurvedic herbs or rasāyanas promote the proper digestion of foods to avoid the accumulation of toxins in the body, which affect the mind.

ĀYURVEDA CONSIDERS HOW ONE CAN BRING BALANCE BY INTRODUCING FOODS AND PRACTICES THAT ARE THE OPPOSITE OF ANY PREDOMINANCE OR IMBALANCE IN ELEMENTS

These simple lifestyle habits, when practiced consistently, offer the home-practitioner sustainable improvements in health.

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