Ayervedic Medicine : Modern Medicine

India’s traditional form of medicine, ayurveda is one of the oldest healing systems on earth, with its adherents claiming that it provides the key to maintaining health and happiness throughout life. Meaning “life knowledge”, ayurveda is mentioned in Hindu texts dating back more than 5000 years and, like yoga and meditation, is enjoying renewed popularity around the world.

“Ayurveda is a holistic system that encompasses all aspects of life, health and happiness,” explains Dr Rajneesh Kour, a therapist at the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Sydney’s Bondi. “Ayurveda treats the root cause of disease and helps the body to heal itself.”

According to Ayurvedic traditions, we are all made up of three body types, or “doshas”, known as “vata”,”pitta” and “kapha”. Your dosha corresponds to your physical and personality traits, but it’s not a case of one size fits all. Everyone has a unique combination of all three doshas, and generally one or two are more dominant. “Each dosha performs a different function in the body and eating right for your dosha is all important,” says Kour. “Ayurvedic medicine can be used to bring the body back to equilibrium, find out what is lacking, and modify it.”

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