|What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, known as the "science of life" in ancient Sanskrit, has been a key part of a comprehensive natural system of living in India and Sri Lanka for over 2000 years. The basic tenet of Ayurveda is that your health should be treated with holistic, natural therapies tailored to the needs of each individual. In addition to supplementing the physical body with Ayurvedic herbs, Ayurveda focuses on balancing the mind and spirit to achieve inner harmony.
Ayurveda teaches that each person is a blend of three doshas, or vital energies within the body - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each person is born with an optimal balance and a unique harmony among the three doshas. Later in life, negative health may arise from an imbalance in the three doshas - and the science of Ayurveda is used to bring back this essential harmony.
Unlike the Western approach to health which tends to be more reactive, Ayurveda is used to strengthen and nourish the body before the onset of negative health conditions. Ayurvedic practitioners typically recommend a natural course of herbs, diet, exercise and meditation to bring harmony back to the individual. This may be accomplished with a regimen of natural herbs which focus on bringing the three doshas back into balance. In returning the mind, body and spirit back to its original dosha balance, Ayurvedic practitioners believe that an individual is better able to strengthen the body's health while living a more pleasant, harmonious life.
For more information on Ayurveda, see our Ayurvedic Herb Summary or our Ayurvedic Reference Books.