Ayurveda is a traditional healing system from India and is about 5,000 years old. The word “Ayurveda” is a combination of two Sanskrit words that mean life (Ayur) and science (Veda), so the literal translation of Ayurveda is “the science of life.” The Ayurvedic way of treating diseases seeks to create a healthy strong body through a series of diet, exercise and lifestyle practices, including sleep, yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
A suitable diet is specially emphasized in the Ayurvedic system and is determined based on your constitutional makeup called “Prakriti”.
A healthy balanced body has the 3 forces of nature in the right proportions, and that an imbalance or excess of a particular force causes a health imbalance resulting in corresponding symptoms.
These 3 forces are:
Vata: Space and Air
A dominance of one of these forces is commonly found in every human and that determines their body and psychological type.
Ayurvedic constitutional analysis involves physical examination and an interview to determine the balance of forces in an individual. A diet plan is customized for every individual suggesting what to eat, when to eat, based on season, region and the person’s preferences.