Ayurveda, the holistic medicine system is the most ancient of all medical traditions originated in the Vedic times of India more than 5000 years ago. The name “Ayurveda” is derived from two words in Sanskrit, “ayuh” meaning “life” or “longevity” and “veda” meaning “science” or “sacred knowledge.” Ayurveda’s definition therefore roughly translates as “the science of longevity” or “the sacred knowledge of life.” The treatment followed is totally evidence based and evolved through documentation of observations from nature: the results of experiments designed to test assumptions and documented clinical experiences.
Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words vata, pitta and kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body. In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together.
Beyond its traditional roots, there are many other reasons why you might be interested in exploring an Ayurvedic lifestyle.