What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda (pronounced Ah-yoor-veda) meaning “the science of life”, is an ancient holistic healing system that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It treats mind, body and spirit as one, and strives to balance the essential elements that exist in all of us to attain our natural state of pure health. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. Ayurveda names three elemental substances that make up our constitution, the doshas (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha), and states that a balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease. One Ayurvedic view is that the doshas are balanced when they are equal to each other, while another view is that each human possesses a unique combination of the doshas which define this person’s temperament and characteristics. Ayurvedic formulations are concocted using natural plants and fruits like Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera also known as Winter Cherry, Holy Basil (Tulsi) and Triphala (meaning three fruits: Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki). It does this through a variety of cleansing and rejuvenating treatments and practices that can include diet, exercise, meditation and, massage.