Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient holistic (“whole-body”) Indian medical system that dates back to around 6000 BCE. Ayurveda can loosely be translated from Sanskrit into “knowledge of life and longevity”. The practice centres on the philosophy that health and wellness are maintained through a delicate balance between all aspects of life.
Ayurvedic philosophy states that individuals are born with unique physical and psychological characteristics. This is called the prakruti, and it is used to predict susceptibility to disease, the prognosis of the disease, and the most appropriate therapy.
The main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to enhance physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing by bringing the body’s three doshas (Vata; movement, Pitta; metabolism, and Kapha; Growth and Maintenance) into balance. Some Melbournian’s use ayurvedic practitioners to maintain health, reduce stress, and improve flexibility, strength, and stamina. Others use it to treat a range of acute of chronic ailments.
At least a couple of weeks are needed to complete a full course of Ayurvedic treatment. A full treatment plan may combine natural products, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications to help maintain or improve overall health.