Why Ayurveda ?

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5 quick reasons why Ayurveda is such a great science

1. It’s not a new fad.

Ayurveda is an ancient science, and the polar opposite of being a new fad. It was first written about over 5000 years ago, and some of the earliest books known to humankind are the ancient Vedic texts, some of which can be found in museums within India, and indeed around the world, today. This means, the detail of the science that has been documented, has been tried and tested down through the centuries. The science is therefore not a new fad yet to be tested, but an ancient wisdom that’s been applied over time, with results lived and learned.

2. Ayurveda explains why we have such a deep connection to nature

The basis of Ayurveda’s understanding is that everything in the macrocosm is reflected in the microcosm. This can be translated as meaning everything found outside of us can also be found within us, as all matter, including ourselves, is made up of the 5 classic elements of Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. In other words, the element of space you see in your garden, can also be found inside your colon and gut. The element of Air you see blowing through the trees can also be found in your lungs. The element of Fire we see shining down from the sun, can also be found in your belly’s digestive fire. The element of Water that may be raining down on you, can also be found in your plasma.The element of Earth beneath your feet now, can also be found inside your bones and muscles.

3. Ayurveda explains why we are each one of a kind.

Ayurveda teaches that each of us is born with our own unique mix of these elements, set for the term of our natural life, the moment our father’s sperm meets our mother’s egg, similar in a way to our understanding of the genetic codes of today. That’s why we’re each one of a kind, and therefore so special, and why no one size fits all. It’s why you may need 8 hours sleep and I may not, and why you may get angry when you sit for too long in the sun, but your partner doesn’t. It’s also why when treating any pathology, it’s more effective when an entirely individual approach is taken.

4. Ayurveda approaches health as being the sum of the whole: mind; body; and spirit.

Because this unique mix of the elements that make us who we are forms our individual recipe of physical, mental and emotional ways of being, they therefore also impact the whole of us – mind, body and spirit. This means when approaching our health and well – being, all 3 of these segments need to be considered as a significant part of the one whole, as changes in one are directly connected to and impact, the other segments. In other words, the activities of the heart cannot for example be isolated from the activities of the mind.

5. Ayurveda teaches us to trace problems back to the source, thus avoiding the masking of symptoms.

By approaching wellbeing using both this holistic paradigm and the elements, as a basis of understanding, all problems can then be connected back to the source. Any issue experienced can be understood as being the result of an imbalance having occurred, within the elemental profile that we were born with, at some point in time. The longer the imbalance is experienced, the greater the pathology outcome. By identifying the elemental imbalance and treating it at the source, the masking of a symptom can be avoided, along with the creation of any new symptoms, that are often set in motion, when only the most obvious of surface symptoms are treated.

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