What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a healing system of medicine, originating in India, with written texts and records dating back over five thousand years. It is thought by many to be the oldest existing system of medicine; its understanding of the human body, mind and soul are timeless.
The word Ayurveda can be broken down into Ayur, meaning “life”, and veda, meaning “knowledge”. The science of Ayurveda addresses the knowledge of life – which is as broad as it sounds – taking into account such details as diet, exercise, daily and seasonal routines, spiritual life, physical health, emotional well-being, quality of relationships. Understanding ourselves from an Ayurvedic perspective can help us know ourselves more deeply –who we are at our core, how we might tend to become imbalanced, and what choices we can make to bring ourselves more fully into balance.
Ayurveda has a unique ability to focus both on the detail of what might be troubling a patient, while seeing how that detail fits into the greater context of the complete being. Rather than merely treating the symptom, which might result in short-term relief, the aim of Ayurveda is to treat the underlying imbalance that caused that symptom, healing the patient “at the roots” and facilitating greater systemic equilibrium and peace.