Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is considered by many to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life”. Key components of the science of Ayurveda include the incorporation of diet and herbs, the influences of season and climate on physiology, and lifestyle and self-care choices to build a healthy and meaningful life.
The basis of holism within Ayurveda is embodied within the concept of punchamahabhutas, translated as ‘The 5 Great Elements’.
There are six tastes or Rasas in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. The belief is that incorporating them will lead to improved wellbeing.
In Ayurveda, Dosha is seen as an expression of a person’s characteristics governed by the principles of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
In the Ayurveda practice the root cause of an imbalance is treated rather than just the symptoms, promoting the body to heal itself and return to balance.