Ayurveda is India’s oldest medical system based on observing nature’s rich wisdom. It honors our innate intelligence as part of the healing paradigm. Although it is complex enough to be studied over a lifetime, Ayurvedic prescriptions are often simple, affordable, accessible to all peoples and even animals, and because of its adherence to natural principles pleasingly effective.
There are two main guidelines: The first is that everything is composed of characteristics of lesser and denser energy forms based on five main elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth. The second is that opposite characteristics or attributes balance one another. An example of this is that if we are cold and in a wet environment, we are not naturally inclined to eat ice cream, but rather something which will warm us.
The challenge is, generally speaking, when humans disconnect from nature we no longer recognize this wisdom and might eat the ice cream anyway, therefore causing an excess of the characteristic (wet and cold) which then destabilizes the mind-body relationship, and makes us feel, well, terrible. If we refuse to listen to obvious signs of imbalance, dis-ease penetrates more deeply and is more difficult to rectify.
The art of balancing is key to Ayurveda, and by becoming more sensitive to our mind-body we are able to address subtle imbalances before creating a state of dis-ease. Another beautiful aspect of this system is that it believes we may all balance by discovering which foods are tasty medicine for us, and which are toxic — obviously by consuming more of the former we allow the body to be the magical phenomenon it is and heal. Only when food and rest can no longer address the imbalances, do we seek stronger herbs and herb combinations.
Finally, Ayurveda believes that by taking care of our body we activate our spiritual nature as well as support any healthy body’s inclination to take care of the Earth itself.
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