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An Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda offers some of the most cleansing and nourishing treatments of any of the world’s health systems. An ancient Indian health system, Ayurveda has been traced back over 5000 years and is still in use in large parts of India today. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. When something disrupts this balance, this can affect your wellbeing, mentally and physically.

It is believed that every person is made of the five basic elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth. The structure of these in the human body form three life forces or energies called dosha’s and are known as Vata (space and air); Pitta (fire and water); and Kapha (water and earth). These ultimately determine body type, appetite, energy levels, moods and tendencies.

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three dosha’s but one is usually more dominant. It is believed that your chances of getting sick, and the health issues you develop, are linked to the balance of your doshas.

To help balance out any disturbances in the three dosha’s, these are addressed by a range of ayurvedic treatments including herbal remedies, massage, personalised diet, yoga, meditation and pranayama. The idea is to balance these energies so that the body can exist in harmony.

Ayurveda has been shown to address issues from inflammation to hormonal and digestive illnesses. An Ayurvedic detox can benefit everybody, even if you live the healthiest of lifestyles, as there are many external toxins that enter the body from the world around us. Dietary advice, lifestyle suggestions, specific herbs and physical activities will be prescribed to the individual as part of a holistic treatment plan.

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