Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine originated in India more than 5000 years ago. It is the world’s oldest system of natural medicine which to this day combined with modernized practices is more commonly known as alternative medicine. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words Ayur which means life, and Veda which means science or knowledge.
Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic tradition which encompasses physical health, prevention of illness and disease, and healing to create harmony and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Achieving the quality of life through Ayurveda, combined with other wellness practices such as yoga and meditation is the way to reclaim optimal health, mindfulness and longevity.
Our day to day stress is one of the disruptions we constantly face which creates the physical, mental and spiritual imbalance in life making us more susceptible to illness and disease. The holistic approach of Ayurveda helps regain the balance to promote harmony and wellness.
The treatment is focused on the individual as it is believed that no two human beings are exactly alike. What might be effective on one could potentially be harmful to another. Ayurvedic products are made from herbs or a combination of herbs, metals and minerals. Some products may cause harm if used improperly or without the direction of a practitioner. Side effects and interaction of the herbal supplements with conventional medicines and the toxins from metals such as lead, and minerals are causes for concern.
Herbal Ayurvedic products are regulated as dietary supplements and are therefore not required to meet or pass rigorous safety standards as conventional medicines. To ensure a coordinated and safe care, it is important to let your healthcare practitioner know if you are using any alternative medicinal practices and products.
Other Ayurvedic approaches such as massage, special diets, cleansing, meditation and lifestyle recommendations can be easily adapted into your daily life. It is used to supplement or complement conventional treatments, often as a way to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy. People who suffer from chronic illness use its rejuvenation benefits while some practice its non-medical benefits to regain and maintain balance in their physical, mental, spiritual and overall well-being.
A trained Ayurvedic practitioner will not only do a thorough physical examination at your first visit, but will also take an extensive personal and medical history gathering information about your daily diet and activities, relationships, and mental health. This helps the practitioner identify symptoms and causes of imbalance as well as determine techniques that will strengthen the body’s healthy elements which will help an individual to recover by calling upon its own energy to heal.
Ayurveda is more than just a system of treating illness. It is a science of life designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential, maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit.