Ayurveda, which literally means "the knowledge and wisdom of life," is the traditional healing system of India. Often called the Mother of All Healing, Ayurveda originated in India over 5,000 years ago.
Recently, Ayurveda has been having a profound impact upon the world of health care. Popular books by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and others have called attention to the potential of this ancient healing system. Along with the potential to heal chronic diseases, Ayurveda promises to improve health and increase longevity.
Ayurveda is considered the healing side of Yoga. Likewise, Yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Both Ayurveda and Yoga strive to help a person re-connect to their true nature through direct experience. Together, they encompass a complete approach to the well being of the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Ayurveda views health and disease as the end result of how we interact with our environment. Harmonious interactions lead to health while disharmonious interactions lead to disease. Ayurveda is the science of developing greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.
According to Ayurveda, we create and recreate our state of health each day based upon how we interact with the world, in terms of our beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings, which then ultimately determine our actions. Actions in harmony with our inner nature create health, while those disharmonious with our inner nature create disease.
Your inner nature is called your constitution or prakruti. This unique balance of energy was determined at the moment of conception and is with you the rest of your life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick, and diseased. Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health. Your constitution determines how you react to various foods, colors, aromas, and environments, and is the foundation upon which to build a healthy life.