Ayurveda ( Ayur = life, Veda= science of knowledge) is a 5000 year old system of natural healing that has its origins in India. It emphasizes establishing balance in the body through a connection with nature, nourishing foods, exercise, and ideal daily and seasonal routines. Ayurveda provides a system of guidelines to remind us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda fundamental philosophy recognizes that human beings have three fundamental energies called dosha that govern our inner and outer environments. These three forces, which are known in Sanskrit as Vata (Air / Movement), Pitta (Fire / Transformation) and Kapha (Water / Structure), are responsible for all the physiological and psychological processes within the body and mind.  While everyone has all three energ ies, each individual has a unique proportion of those elements that serve to shape their health and wellbeing. Generally, one or two elements are more obviously seen, and for each element, there can be a balanced and imbalanced expression. This can really help to impact one’s understanding of their health. Knowledge of one’s dosha can help prevent health conditions that they maybe susceptible to.

For example, when a person is predominantly Vata (Air / Movement), they are lively, spontaneous and incredibly creative. But, when there is too much air in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, food sensitivities, and constipation.

When a person is Pitta (Fire / Transformation)- they are sharp, extroverted, and an amazing leader. With all that heat- a person may have a tendency towards anger, psoriasis, acne, irritable bowel diseases, and hyperacidity.

For an individual that is mostly Kapha (Water / Structure)- they are steady, strong, reliable and loyal. However, if imbalanced with too much water- they would experience heaviness, depression, lethargy, fatigue, water retention, sluggish digestion and severe bloating.

Have you been applying functional and naturopathic medicine to your life for a long time- but still not seeing results that are satisfying? Consider having an Ayurvedic Assessment to further support you and your family’s well being!

An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify an individual’s constitution through a personal assessment. Book your initial appointment today with Dr. Sairupa!

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