What is ayurveda?
Ayurveda is widely regarded as one of the oldest medical systems in the world. It originated in India where ayurvedic practices predate written records and have been handed down by word of mouth.
Ayurvedic medicine integrates and balances the body, mind and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to health, happiness and the prevention of illness. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend upon getting the right balance for the ‘Dosha’. When these rhythms are balanced the body is healthy.
Fundamental to ayurvedic medicine is the theory that people are a combination of the three doshas, which are made up of the five elements – earth, fire, water, air and ether. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha has specific qualities and it is a combination of the three doshas and the proportion of each, which determine the unique characteristics of each individual, as unique as our genetic code or DNA.*
*Source – Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK
How can an ayurvedic practitioner help you?
You might visit an ayurvedic practitioner if you are looking to proactively improve your overall health and wellbeing or find balance in your body and mindset. An ayurvedic practitioner will focus on many aspects of your lifestyle and medical history, as they consider the many influences in your life. They will look at supporting you in all areas of your life including diet, your work and workplace, exercise, relationships and mental health to understand and reach your goals.
Ayurvedic treatment is tailored to each person’s constitution type, so you should expect to talk a lot about yourself when you visit, so the practitioner can tailor their therapy to you as an individual.
Ayurvedic treatments rely heavily on herbs and other plants – including oils and common spices. Currently, more than 600 herbal formulas and 250 single plant drugs are included in the pharmacy of ayurvedic medicine.
You may visit an ayurvedic practitioner if you are looking for a natural solution to your health issues.
Some health problems that you might want to approach with ayurveda might be:
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