The emotional aspect of ourself is the most powerful determinant in the quality of our life. If the mind is agitated, the world looks bleak, even if the bank account is full, the house is perfect, the family is healthy and the job is secure. On the other hand, if the bank account is empty, the house in disrepair, the family broken and the job lost…the serene mind will provide a feeling of unconditional contentment. How do we harness the power of the mind? Ayurveda presents us with a model in which to understand our emotions as well as practices to create balance in the mind and a state of gratification, no matter the outside circumstances life presents.
Ayurveda is widely regarded as one of the oldest medical systems in the world. It originated in India where Ayurvedic practices predate written records and have been handed down by word of mouth.
Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to health, happiness and the prevention of illness. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depends on getting the right balance for the ‘Dosha’. When these rhythms are balanced the body is healthy.
Ayurvedic treatment is tailored to each person’s constitution type. Practitioners invite patients to be active participants because many Ayurvedic treatments require changes in diet, lifestyle, and habits. Ayurvedic treatments rely heavily on herbs and other plants – including oils and common spices. Currently, more than 600 herbal formulas and 250 single plant drugs are included in the pharmacy of Ayurvedic Medicine.
Ayurvedic medicine continues to be practiced in India, where nearly 80 percent of the population uses it exclusively or combined with conventional (Western) medicine.