Complementary Medicine Holistic Health Terms Defined Ayurveda
Ayurveda In Ayurveda, balance and health are the natural order; imbalance and disease are disorder. Within the body there is a constant interaction between order and disorder but by understanding the nature and structure of disorder, one can re-establish order and health. Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone by the original Sanskrit words vata, pitta, and kapha. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means The Science of Life. Ayurvedic Medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine combining natural therapies with a highly personalized approach to the treatment of disease. The oldest healing art on the planet, it has been practiced in India for over five thousand years. Placing equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, Ayurveda endeavors to restore the innate harmony of the individual with the primary goals of prevention and longevity. According to Ayurvedic medicine, each person has a particular pattern of energy—an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics—which comprises his/her own constitution. This constitution is determined at conception by a number of factors and remains the same throughout one’s life. See also Ayurvedic Medicine and Introduction to Ayurveda.