WHAT IS AYURVEDA

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic and nature-based healing system that has been practiced in India for thousands of years and focuses on balancing the mind, body, and spirit to restore inner harmony.

If you would like to learn more visit us at our Ashford Kent Clinic, where we practice alternative holistic medicine that complements traditional western (allopathic) medicine.

Ayurveda 
"Science of Life"

Ayurveda, which literally means “the science of life”, is a natural healing system developed in India. It is a comprehensive system of medicine that places equal emphasis on the body, mind and spirit, to restore the innate harmony of the individual. Some of the primary Ayurvedic treatments include diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, massage, and breathing awareness.

 

Each one of us has a unique pattern of energy, called Birth Constitution  - Prakruti - influenced by the individual factors in our life. Things that can influence your energy and disturb your “balanced state” include: 

Understanding your constitution is the first step to learning more about yourself and how to restore your balance.  

5 Element Theory

As in Chinese Medicine also Ayurveda approach to life is based on the assumption that everything in the universe is made of five elements:

  • Aakash, which is space - ex: space between cells, space within your hollow organs, etc

  • Vayu, which is air - here the word "air" is used as a metaphor to describe the action of movement as opposed to staticity, ex: nerve impulse, wind, heart bit, etc

  • Teja, which is fire - here the word "fire" is used to describe any combustion/transformation process, that due to the effect of heat changes the quality of a substance, ex: wood in charcoal, raw vegetable in a soup, water in vapor, etc.

  • Jala, which is water - we all have learned at school that the human body is made of water. According to Mitchell and others (1945), the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

  • Prithvi, which is earth - earth in Ayurveda is nothing that "matter" something solid, stable, and heavy, ex: bones, a chair, a marble statue, etc.

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