Ayurveda translates to "the knowledge of life". It is the first medical system recorded to date back over 5000 years, originating in India.
The most fundamental principle of ayurveda is to understand that health is about balance between mind, body and spirit. If one of these is disrupted, your wellbeing becomes imbalanced and you feel unwell physically and/or mentally. Ayurveda is a system that truly understands “prevention is better than cure” and will always encourage you to seek out the root cause alongside treatment.
There are many benefits to modern medicine but the reason we are drawn to a more integrated, holistic approach is because it doesn't often consider us beyond our symptoms. Ayurveda treats you as a whole person. Connecting physical and mental symptoms to understand the root cause of your imbalance. For example, connecting a skin rash with digestive ailments and so on.
20 GUNAS. 5 ELEMENTS. 3 DOSHAS.
The Core Principles of Ayurveda
The science of Ayurveda is built on the principle that our mind, body, and spirit are connected and are composed of energy that impacts the world around us. When we understand our unique blend of physical, emotional and mental characteristics, we can create a more balanced, healthier and happier lifestyle for ourselves.
To know ourselves in ayurveda, our qualities and characteristics are defined as below. The 20 Gunas describe the 5 Elements which combine to form 3 Doshas. A balance of the Gunas is always at work in the mind and body so the more you learn about your personal Dosha balance, the easier it becomes to use the Gunas to create balance in your everyday life .