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What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurvedic Medicine is a system that literally translates into the science of life. This system also translates as the science of medicine. The Ayurvedic system dates back 5,000 years. Ayurveda looks into the human body in a way that it breaks down every part of the body and how it interacts with nature. In other words, it is not humans and nature. It’s humans are nature, and nature is human. Ayurveda has been around longer than any other medicine and because of that, it was the original knowledge used to fix ailments and “dis-ease” in the body. Ayurveda considers the human body and soul as a microcosm in the mass macrocosm of the universe. Humans are merely small entities in a vast universe that coexists together to heal from the inner most part of the soul.

Ayurvedic medicine doesn’t just take a disease and treat it through medication, it takes the whole human, not just symptoms, but the root causative factor, into consideration. Every human body is so unique why would it ever be considered okay to treat any individual the same as another? Ayurveda analyzes each person through their unique constitution by having the patient answer a series of questions in relevance to the chief complaint at hand, medical history, and questions relevant to the patient from childhood all the way to present moment, reading the pulse and looking at the tongue. Also, it is important to understand that Ayurveda doesn’t just spend five minutes with each patient. Ayurvedic practitioners sit with the patient to find the intimate translucency between patient and practitioner. The practitioner needs to know you and your condition fully to understand how to treat you in completeness.

Relativity of The Five Elements of Life

The relativity of the five elements of life and how they exist in the human body governs the principles of Ayurvedic medicine. These five elements are fire, water, air, ether, and earth. The body possesses all of these elements.

Consider fire for instance, heat control or fire regulates the body’s temperature. This principle also governs the digestive fire. Alongside, if you ever have heard someone say “fire in their eyes”, Vision is relative to fire as well. Air is the idea of how things such as fluid and blood move through the channels. The means to get from one place to the next. Air also obviously controls the breath or “prana” the life force energy. 60% of water makes up the human body. So, the idea of water as a component of the body is a primary ingredient. We literally can't survive without it. In some cases water can also treat a condition. The earth value in the body is the idea of the stability and strength within the body. What are the stable trees within the body; the bones and the muscles, these are the strength or grounded earthly principles within the body. Ether or Space is all that is in between the physical channels of which air, water, blood and other fluid pass through. In this idea it is very relative that the principles of every living thing on the planet are connected and humans are no different.

“Prakriti” Your Creation Questionnaire

After examining the patient, a constitution or “Prakriti” questionnaire is asked. This questionnaire asks questions of the patient to see how they are from birth to now. This gives the practitioner a better understanding of which of the five elements are more prevalent in that specific person. ‘Dosha’ is the name of these bioenergetic combinations of the elements. The Doshas have three parts: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  Vata holds the quality of air and space, Pitta holds the  fire and water principle, and Kapha holds the qualities of earth and water. Depending on the outcome of your prakriti and full analysis, it allows me to determine which dosha is more prevalent in you. After finding out all of this information, it is then that the I the practitioner treats the patient whether it’s through:

  • Herbal Medicine

  • Massage and Rejuvenation Therapies

  • Diet

  • Pranayama

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Exercise/Movement


Ayurveda is the primary form of medicine when wanting to understand yourself in body, in mind and in consciousness.