What Is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the ancient, medical and wellbeing system from India. Rather than a system it is a holistic science of how to live for maximum physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The word Ayurveda means Science of Life, and it examines how to live in order to become healthy and maintain health, taking into account the wisdom and construct of life that exists all around us.  

Treatment in Ayurveda, is observed not from a problem based but from an individual point of view. Each body mind is different in its bioenergetic construct and so there is no ‘one treatment fits all’. At the basis of everything lie the 5 natural elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and the 3 Doshas. The way in which the elements and their unique qualities are expressed in each body construct is the Doshas. Vata is Space and Air. The word means vehicle and it is characterised by movement. It has no fire therefore it is cold, no water therefore it is dry. Pitta is fire and water, it is sharp and penetrating, hot and oily. Kapha is water and Earth, It doesn’t have much movement but has stability and strength it is cold but not dry. Each person has a dominant Dosha and this describes the nature of the biophysical processes of that individual. We all have all three Doshas expressed in us but one or a combination is usually dominant. Any condition or disease is the result of a Dosha imbalance.

As it is a priority in Ayurveda to maintain optimal balance of the Doshas and optimal health at all levels, when a condition is being treated, treatment will be given not only to cure the condition but also to bring the Doshas back to balance. An ayurvedic consultation usually consists of comprehensive questioning, tongue diagnosis and pulse diagnosis. Treatment is done using herbs and minerals, massage therapies and diet and lifestyle recommendations (including exercise / yoga).