Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old healing system from Ancient India. In this system, the human organism is viewed as a whole, inseparable from its organs and organ systems. All tangible life forms contain five essential elements or building blocks, ether, air, fire, water and earth.
In every living being the five elements of the universe combine to give three distinct individual constitutions called doshas:
Ether and air compose the Vata dosha, responsible for movement (ie: gastrointestinal tract).
Fire and water compose the Pitta dosha (internal fire- digestion, body heat).
Water and earth compose the Kapha dosha, filling intercellular spaces – connective tissue (ie: mucous, tendons, synovial fluid).
Each individual is a combination of the three doshas. However one is typically dominant. This dominant dosha determines one’s unique physical makeup or "Prakruti". When any or all of the doshas develop imbalances, or "Vikruti", the body ceases to be nourished and ill health develops- imbalances can be from poor diet, lack of exercise, high stress or external causes such as weather.
The Ayurvedic approach to healing is threefold:
- Determining one’s predominant constitution of Prakruti.
- Determining the Vikruti, the root cause of illness (which doshas are imbalanced)
- Applying therapeutic recommendations to balance elements causing the illness.
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