Ayurveda Definition of Health
समदोष्हा समाग्नि च सम धातु मलक्रिय: I
प्रसन्नात्म इन्द्रिय मन स्वस्था इति अभिधीयते: II
Samadoşa samāgni ca sama dhātu malakriyah Prasanna
ātma indriya manah svastha iti abhidhīyate
A person who is established in self, has balanced functional energies, balanced digestion, balanced bodily tissues, well functioning bodily processes and who’s mind, soul, and
senses are filled with bliss is called a healthy person.
Ayurveda represents the transition away from disease focused symptom management to proactive health maintenance. Rather than waiting for illness to strike before initiating treatment, we proactively cultivate and embolster an individual’s health and vitality today, ensuring a continuous and enduring state of well-being.
By placing the focus on proactive health preservation we not only discourage disease development but also elevate our daily quality of life, cultivating positive emotions, peak experiences, healthy relationships, and mental serenity.
Ayurveda & Holistic Medicine
Through modern scientific perspective we have discovered a great many benefits looking deep into the microscope. With this materialistic reductionistic approach comes natural limitations. The crucial understanding that our overall health and well-being is intricately connected through a vast network of biological, psychological, and physiological factors often gets overlooked or neglected.
Holistic medicine by definition is any form of medicine which recognizes that the varying aspects of health are interconnected rather than separate entities, naturally emphasizing a holistic approach to treatments.
Today, Ayurveda represents the quintessential representation of holistic medicine. The sanskrit word Ayurveda translates to the science of life and the definition of life according to Ayurveda is this:
शरीर इन्द्रिय सत्व आत्म संयोगो धारी जीवितम्
Sharira Indriya Satva Atma Saṃyogo Dhāri Jīvitam
Body, senses, mind, and soul contained in a state of dynamic equilibrium is called life.
Moreover, this timeless science has seamlessly evolved into the contemporary era, embracing and assimilating the advantages of modern scientific methodologies and perspectives. It truly is the best of both worlds.
Cultural Health Check
- 1 in 2 US men will develop cancer
- 1 in 3 US women will develop cancer
- 70% of US adults are overweight
- 70% of US deaths are due to heart disease or cancer
- Less than 40% of medical schools require a minimum of 25 hours of nutrition education
We believe being honest about our current healthcare reality creates an enthusiastic invitation for a revised approach to wellness. Having experienced this sobering reality firsthand, many of us are eager to implement a better approach to health and wellness.
We first want to recognize and celebrate the unprecedented gifts we have received from modern medicine. Hundreds of millions of lives have been preserved from advancements in vaccines, antibiotics, hygienic practices, and surgical interventions.
From this we have developed an entirely new and different set of healthcare needs. We generally no longer die from pneumonia, tuberculosis, parasites, etc, but instead from cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. These are lifestyle diseases which not only take our loved ones from us early but also diminish quality of life as they develop.
75% of Americans believe that they eat healthy. A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic concluded that the actual number is 3%. A stark difference to be sure. So what’s happening? Are Americans really in such denial?
We don’t think so. After all the desire for health is a human universal as it is the foundation for all of life’s pursuits and aspirations. We believe there is genuine confusion in today’s health and fitness landscape. Processed foods, prescription drugs, nutrition supplements, keto diets, and instagram vegan power lifters all contribute to a landscape of contradictory and confusing information where making informed healthcare choices becomes a legitimately challenging task.
Amidst the noise and confusion, Ayurveda arises as a sanctuary of trustworthy knowledge and wisdom. Absent of opinions, positions, or political agendas, it is empowering knowledge we can harness to reclaim control and responsibility for our health, families, and communities. Ayurveda harmoniously integrates the fundamental laws of nature with modern scientific techniques and perspectives, reflecting true wisdom that transcends time and space.
Studies show that 70-90% of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes alone! Moreover there are countless studies revealing the ability of lifestyle intervention to not only prevent these diseases but also reverse them!
Ayurveda is known as a common sense science and often its profundity lies in its simplicity. According to Ayurveda each person is born with a unique mind-body constitution called a Prakruti. Your prakruti represents your unique mind-body constitution, encompassing your genetic blueprint and reflecting your body’s innate state of equilibrium and homeostasis.
Because each person is different, there is no one size fits all solution for optimal health. In Ayurveda we never say “that’s good for you,” or “that’s bad for you,” it always depends. What is healthy for one person may or may not be healthy for another.
Within Ayurveda contains the knowledge of universal qualities existing both inside and outside the body. The unique combinations of these qualities are what define the inherent differences in our mind-body constitutions. One person may have a high amount of dry quality in their body leading to dandruff, dry skin, cracking joints, indigestion, or constipation. Thus a hot oily soup would promote balance in their mind-body system thereby acting as a medicine. That same “medicinal soup” could further the disease process of someone experiencing acidity, heartburn, acne, loose joints, or diarrhea. Ayurvedic physicians leverage Ayurveda to comprehend the intrinsic and extrinsic qualities of all things to create holistic protocols which restore balance and equilibrium to the entire mind-body system.
Curious for more?
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Learning Ayurveda is planting a seed of knowledge within your consciousness and expanding your awareness becomes the nurturing water. Ayurveda has the power to transform you because Ayurveda will reveal yourself to you. You are a beautiful sacred being of light.
“Illnesses do not come upon us out the blue. They are developed from small daily sins against nature. When enough sins have developed, illnesses suddenly appear.