Ayurveda
Ayurveda or ‘the science of Life’ which has been practiced in India for more than 5000 years is a philosophy dealing with the preservation and maintenance of health. It considers the universe (macrocosm) to be made of 5 basic elements and the individual (microcosm) as a part of it. It is the fine balancing between the elements of the macrocosm and the microcosm that forms the foundation of human health. The Ayurvedic constitution analysis (prakriti parikshan) helps identify the specific ‘prakriti’ type in order to understand the strengths and susceptibilities of each individual. All healing modalities in Ayurveda are targeted towards removing the root cause of the disease rather than just giving symptomatic relief. Powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils etc. prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals are mainly used in the treatment. Equal importance is given to proper diet and lifestyle. Proper selection of diet is necessary to prevent doshic imbalance and promote health and healing. Panchakarma has a special place in Ayurveda. These five therapies not only help remove deep rooted stress and toxins from the body but also form an important tool in maintaining health. Yoga and Ayurveda both provide systematic and scientific guidance for achieving a state of positive health through practices balancing the gross and subtle levels of existence of an individual.
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