Ayurveda is an ancient system of health guidance that developed in India thousands of years ago. Based in nature, its tools are foods, lifestyle changes and other activities like yoga and meditation designed to restore balance to the body and mind. Historically, Ayurveda has been helpful in resolving many difficulties including:
- Stress-related problems (insomnia, headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression)
- Digestive issues (chronic indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, hyperacidity)
- Menstrual difficulties (heavy flow, pain, irregularity, scanty flow, PMS, infertility)
- Joint pain or discomfort, low back pain
- Obesity, excess weight, edema, water retention
- Eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
- Hot flashes, dryness and other discomfort from menopause
Ayurveda offers suggestions tailored to each individual’s unique constitution and current situation. In this way, troublesome signs of imbalance are removed by addressing the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Ayurveda has a great deal to offer those of us who live far from the sunny land of its birthplace. This wisdom from another time is precisely what our frenetic, accomplishment-driven culture can use to reconnect to a deep source of balance and health.
In Sanskrit, the word for health is svastha; sva refers to “self” and stha means “to be located.” Thus the very meaning of health is, “to be located or centered in one’s self.” Most of us could use some help to find that center, that self, our Self. While each of us must walk the path for ourself, Ayurveda provides a map.