Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. All bodily processes are believed to be governed by a balance of three doshas. Whichever dosha appears to dominate a person’s behavior and physique is called his constitution type. Each constitution type has particular strengths and susceptibilities. A person’s constitution determines their basic physiology, personality, and what factors will cause imbalance, disharmony and susceptibility to illness.
Ayurvedic medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine more than 2,000 years old and based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture. Ayurveda’s approach to healing is to re-establish harmony between self and environment to create optimal health. Ayurveda represents a system that considers both the states of mind and body in its diagnosis and treatment.
Ayurveda is based on the belief that every material process or object can either harm or heal a person by influencing that person’s dosha or constitution. An Ayurvedic practitioner will assess the disorder and other influencing factors to arrive at a treatment plan. Treatments can involve therapies of dietary changes, aromatherapy, color, sound, massage, exercise, meditation and herbal remedies.