Ayurveda is an ancient system of health care and preventive medicine that developed in India thousands of years ago. Based in nature, its tools are foods, herbs, lifestyle changes, and activities like yoga and meditation designed to restore balance to the body and mind.
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 swastha; swa 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, our Self – and to stay rooted there.