Ayurveda, or “science of life,” is an ancient Indian system of medicine founded on the immutable laws of nature and balance.
Ayurveda views each person as a unique, complex individual. Unlike other medical approaches, which focus on treating the symptoms of an illness, Ayurveda concentrates on the source of the patient’s imbalance, supporting the body’s innate wisdom to promote optimal health.
The basis of Ayurvedic philosophy is the belief that the intelligence of the natural world is within each of us. The body is made up of the basic elements of the universe – ether, air, fire, water, and earth – which are expressed as three characteristic humors (doshas): Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). Ayurvedic medicine stimulates our body’s inner intelligence, and activates our body’s own unlimited healing potential in order to achieve optimal balance of the three doshas.
Each of us is born with a unique combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. This combination in Ayurveda is known as our constitution, or prakriti. An Ayurvedic physician uses pulse diagnosis, along with lab tests and an extensive medical history, to determine an individual’s particular constitution and imbalances. The holistic physician then recommends certain herbs, foods, vitamins, exercises, and other treatments that will bring the individual’s doshas into balance and promote optimal health.Return to Articles