Ayurveda Is the world's oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing system. It was developed more than 5,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
In Ayurvedic medicine, disease is seen as an imbalance in the dosha system. The system seeks to determine which doshas may be underactive or overactive in a body. Ayurvedic counselors will incorporate the use of lengthy questionnaires and interviews in order to determine specific patterns of physical and/or psychological histories.
Ayurvedic medicine places emphasis on proper diet, lifestyle and routine to accentuate balance, rest and prevention. An Ayurvedic consultant may also suggest incorporating yoga, massage, meditation and breathwork. Yoga as a gentle form of exercise to help build strength and health. Massage therapy can assist in increasing circulation. Ayurvedic therapies as ways of reducing stress. Yogic breathing techniques and meditation are also part of a healthy Ayurvedic regimen, to help reduce stress and improve mental energy.