Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest medicine systems in the world. Developed by sages in ancient India through direct observation, experience and communication with nature, a unique system known as Ayurveda, “the science of life” was created. The “Vedas,” an ancient text, describe Ayurveda as a system to promote the mind, body and consciousness. This holistic approach to life is four-dimensional: physical, mental, emotional, and sensorial.
The three goals of Ayurveda are to 1) preserve the health of a healthy person, 2) to prevent disease, and 3) to promote longevity by improving the quality of life in mind, body, and spirit. Sushruta, one of the great scholars of Ayurveda, described health as a state of equilibrium of doshas (biological humor), agnis (transformative physiological system functions), dhatus (tissues and organs), and malas (metabolic byproducts), along with sensorial, mental, and spiritual well-being. Ayurveda’s approach to health and views of modern science Modern medicine primarily focuses on treating disease and not on prevention, where Ayurveda goes to the heart of the problem treating the cause in order to remove or prevent the disease. When dealing with an illness or imbalance, treating the symptoms and physical body alone will not cure the problem.
The Ayurvedic approach offers a solution to the crisis of unaffordable, unsustainable healthcare costs and unmanageable chronic diseases. Chronic diseases have become some of the main “killers” in modern society, suggesting an obvious need to study these disorders from a different angle–from both the preventive and curative points of view–by using an integrated approach as described in Ayurveda.
Health is more than just the absence of disease. Ayurveda’s basis of health promotion and disease prevention is most simply stated as, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates). Whereas health is the result of right diet and lifestyle, all ailments are the product of faulty diet and lifestyle. Ayurveda provides tools to find balance in our daily life and goes a step further in defining health as a balanced state of physical, mental, emotional, sensorial and environmental health – an interdependence of mind, body, and the spirit.
Ayurveda is essential for anyone seriously investigating the relationship between food and healing. It incorporates the use of food, herbs, and lifestyle techniques to resolve health related issues. This modality is based on ancient traditions that are being widely accepted in the Western World today due to the powerful impacts a balanced diet and lifestyle can have on our health and vitality. Ayurveda focuses on attuning people with their unique make up and with the natural rhythms of nature around them.
Foods in our modern life is plagued with refined and processed foods which has no real nutrition for our body to assimilate naturally. Therefore, we are seeing a dramatic rise in metabolic disorders, all sorts of food sensitivities, and obesity to name just a few. Food is medicine and we are what we digest but NOT what we eat as applied in modern medicine. This concept is unique to Ayurveda because not everyone who eats the same thing can digest and assimilate equally well. It all depends on our own individual metabolic or digestive strength. During Ayurvedic consultations, we assess one’s body and mind to find out one’s strengths and weaknesses. This gives us insight in recommending a diet and lifestyle to suit one’s unique constitution. It does not mean that you would be required to avoid all sort of foods. It just means that you will be educated to make better choices on how, when, and what to eat.
Over the years, we have helped clients with diabetes, skin issues, and food sensitivities and have seen extremely positive results. Serious athletes have also seen increased levels of performance. The spectrum if people that can be helped is limitless.
Santa Cruz Ayurveda
827 Cedar st.
Santa Cruz, Ca