What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old medical system originating from the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda as a medical system seeks to integrate the mind, body, and spirit. Practitioners use an integrative approach to heal individuals holistically by addressing one’s environment, health history, and exploring the causes of disharmonies and diseases that exist. The key piece in Ayurveda is to catch disharmonies before they occur and motivate individuals to take charge of their own health by modifying diet, implementing healthy lifestyle changes, and understanding the client’s constitution. The word constitution in Ayurveda is central to assessing overall health. Constitution refers to our health profile, which includes our strengths and susceptibilities. The person’s metabolic body type is identified, and a unique treatment plan is created to bring the person back into harmony with the environment. Ayurvedic treatment plans include massage, dietary changes, yoga, meditation, exercises, herbal tonics, medicated oils, and natural prescriptions.