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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda or ayurvedic medicine is the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine which is more than 2,000 year old comprehensive system of medicine based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture.

Ayurveda means “the science of life”. The word ayurveda means knowledge or science (veda) of life (ayur). Ayurveda provides us with the knowledge of how to prevent disease and how to eliminate its root cause if it does occur.

Principles of Ayurveda

Ayurvedic medicine is said to have originated from the ancient Hindu sacred texts the Vedas, but these actually contain few medical references. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts detail the affect that the five elements found in the cosmic system - earth, water, air, fire, space – have on our individual system, and expound on the importance of keeping these elements balanced for a healthy and happy life.

According to Ayurveda, each person will be influenced by certain elements more than others. This is because of their prakriti, or natural constitution. Ayurveda categorizes the different constitutions into three different doshas:
• Vata dosha, in which the air and space elements dominate
• Pitta dosha, in which the fire element dominates
• Kapha dosha, in which the earth and water elements dominate

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