Ayurveda means “Science of Life”. It is an ancient style of Medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years in India. In a more modern context, it can be thought of as a sister science to Acupuncture, based on many of the same Eastern methods of preventing disease. Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on addressing the underlying imbalance that contributes to the progression of disease in the body. Treatments involve the elimination of behaviors that contribute to illness by replacing them with healthier alternatives that work to bring the body back into a state of balance. This is accomplished primarily through dietary changes, herbal medicine, and exercise.
The body is comprised of three doshas, known as Vata (Air and Space), Pitta (Water and Fire), and Kapha (Earth and Water). In Physics, it is said that all physical matter within the universe Is made of a combination of the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. The human body is no exception to this rule. Each person has their own unique Ayurvedic body type known as their Constitution. When one lives a lifestyle that is not conducive to their constitution, they begin to develop imbalances within the doshas. Imbalances within the doshas over a prolonged period of time are what manifest as various diseases. An Ayurvedic lifestyle program takes into account one’s unique constitution along with their present health condition(s) to bring them back into a state of balance and optimize their body’s ability to heal.