Today we are in the midst of a revolution in our understanding of health. Standard Western medicine has always been obsessed with treating symptoms, but now leading practitioners are starting to appreciate the holistic approach which stresses good health, balance in all things, and the treatment of the root causes of medical problems rather than just the symptoms as explained on Nirogi Tan.
You may be interested to learn that this “new” understanding harks back to a system of Indian medicine that is more than 5,000 years old – Ayurveda. Many of the concepts found in Ayurvedic healing have been forgotten in the West until fairly recently.
What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a holistic system of health that encompasses more than just the treatment of diseases. It is actually a way of life, which, if done properly, can not only insure good health but also even a measure of peace and happiness.
Ayurveda is a humoristic philosophy. That is, it is based on the idea that the universe is composed of five basic elements, tangentially related to the four humors – earth, air, fire and water. The Aryrvedic elements are space, air, fire, water and earth. As applied to the human body, these elements combine to form three distinct doshas – individual body humors.