Ayurveda is an Ancient Science of Healing originated in the Asian Continent specifically in India. Ayurveda originated more than 5,000 years ago, initially passed down from generation to generation in the verbal form of poetry and recitation for about 3000 years. Around 2000 BC the knowledge was finally written in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages known to mankind.
Ayurveda was described in some of the most important knowledge and oldest compilation Books in History “The Vedas”. Two of the most prominent physicians of the time Charaka and Sushuta continued to develop Ayurveda by writing two very important books, the Charaka Samhita (The most authoritative Book on Internal Medicine) and the Sushruta Samhita (Book of Surgery) where techniques like rhinoplasty were described by the first time in history. To this date these books still appear as one of the most cited texts on internal medicine and surgery. Ayurveda was also in great degree influenced by ancient Chinese medicine that contributed with many botanical formulations. Ayurveda have been practiced for thousands of years in India and other parts of the world with great results.
Ayurveda is an Art, the Art of Healing. The purpose of Ayurveda is to achieve and maintain the state of balance and harmony of the body, Mind and Soul; by synchronizing the process of life with Nature and the Whole Universe. An ayurvedic quote states “There is no substance in the Universe that can’t be used as Medicine” based on this knowledge Ayurveda 's scope of action is “Likes increases likes, Opposites create balance.” Ayurveda is also a Science, as the word Science suggests, Ayurveda is the product of scrutiny observation, detail description, logic reasoning, and different scopes of evaluation by thousands of the most brilliant minds from its birth to this date. Ayurveda is and will always be subjected to adjustment and improvement in object to perfect the Art of healing.
How Ayurveda Works
Ayurveda uses different methods to eradicate disease, attained and maintain the perfect state of Health. Lifestyle, yoga, diet, herbal recommendations, detoxification techniques, spiritual counselling and stress management, feature as some of the techniques used in Ayurveda to achieve physical and mental wellness. The approach will be of three main aspects, the physical Body, The Mind, and the Soul; only if these three aspects are treated equally diseases can be eradicated form the root and with no relapse. The path of action will be slightly different for each person, as we are all human beings but we are not exactly the same, and the diseases affect us in a different manner.
Based of the Ayurvedic Theory of "The Great Five Elements" we will determine your very unique physical constitution (Prakruti) . This theory states that the five elements: Earth, Water, fire, Air and Space, compose every animated and inanimate object in this Universe. Inside of a living being, this five elements came together shaped and transformed by primordial energy and were termed Bio-energies. These Bio-energies combined, rule and maintain every process in the body. These Bio-energies or in Ayurveda called “Doshas” are, Vatta , Pita ,and Kapha.
Every and each one of us is born with a different proportion of the primordial elements, and as consequent a different combination of dominant and receding Doshas, this proportion will determine our mind and body constitution. This very particular Doshic Constitution or “Prakruti” is the natural state of the body and mind that we were born with, which is the ideal condition in order to maintain the state of health.
In the course of our lives, through diet and the stimuli of the senses, we are fully exposed to the influence of the primordial elements upon our mind and body. This sometimes excessive stimuli, brings as a consequence an accumulation of the particular energy linked to its nature, leaving the body out of balance. If we conduct our lives, guided by cravings and influenced by the an inappropriate Lifestyle and diet, over time this natural and ideal state of the Doshas will lose its natural balance, and fall in to an unnatural state in Ayurveda called “Vikruti”, been eventually the cause of disease.
Through an evaluation the Ayurvedic practitioner will be able to determine if there is an imbalance of the Doshas causing disease, and guide the person on how to correct this anomaly in a natural way. There is a beautiful and very true Ayurvedic statement that says “We are and become what we Eat, taste, hear, touch and see…through the senses we absorb the world around us.”
Our goal as Ayurveda Practitioners is to educate our clients. Provide them with information about their body constitutions so they can understand and manage better their nature. Gide them through an ideal Lifestyle and diet, to create within the body and mind an optimum environment for healing to take place and maximize the body's ability to heal itself. If this knowledge is applied and maintained day by day, not only will the person regain its health state but it will also be able to keep it that way.