Ayurvedic Medicine

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Definition of Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurveda (the practice of ayurvedic medicine is a traditional medicine system in India and is considered holistic system and a form of alternative medicine.

It is an ancient Indian philosophy of wellbeing and health based on the natural law of balance of the five elements of the body. They are Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. When any of these elements get unbalanced due to improper life style or diet, various mental and physical problems will manifest.

These five elements are believed to be regulated by something called doshas. Practitioners of Ayurveda believe that keeping the elements and doshas in perfect balance will lead to a long and healthy life.

The name Ayurveda means “The art of living wisely”. It has been in existence over 4,000 years and is still used today. It is a logical system of health, telling us what foods and type of lifestyle are good for us and which are not. It insists that all people take full responsibility for their own health and well being.

Ayurveda states that we all have a certain mind-body type. These are called doshas, consisting of vata, pitta and kapha. Each one has different attributes and characteristics. While we may possess more or less of each type, usually one dosha will be dominant. If we let the doshas get unbalanced, it can impact or life and health in a negative way.

The ayurvedic system relies heavily on the use of herbs for it’s practice. Some of these include:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Licorice
  • Coleus Forskohlii
  • Turmeric
  • Gotu Kola
  • Guggul
  • Boswellia
  • Gymnema Sylvestre
  • Ginger
  • Phyllanthus Niruri
  • Myrrh

These are the main herbs of Ayurveda but there are many more.

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