How Can YOU and YOUR Family Benefit from Holistic Medicine?
Hello and welcome!
Even if you know nothing about Ayurveda and holistic medicine, maybe not even what these words mean, don't worry. The basic Ayurvedic principles can help everybody. Since Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic medicines in the world, people have benefited from its wisdom for over 5,000 years (if something has been around for that long, it has to work, right?)
This site is intended to share my passion for Ayurveda and give you an insight into what I believe are the greatest gifts that this holistic medicine has to offer.
What is Holistic Medicine?
The word “holistic” comes from the word “whole” and means exactly that. Holistic medicine looks at you as a whole person and not just a sum of individual parts. When you have a problem/imbalance, let's say with digestion, holistic medicine wants to know what's going on with you as a whole. Which will help to determine what is the root of the problem.
“Ayurveda treats the whole person, not just the organ or system involved.”
-Dr. Vasant Lad, Textbook of Ayurveda
What is Ayurveda, actually?
Ayurveda, which literally means “Knowledge of Life” is over 5,000 year old medical system from India. According to Ayurveda, everything on this planet (including our bodies & minds) consist of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Every individual is a unique combination of these five elements. Disease develops when we disconnect from nature, when we forget where we come from and who we truly are. Ayurveda helps us to understand our unique constitution, so we know which foods, activities, yoga poses, etc are the best for us.
“The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.”
-The National Institutes of Health
What Are the Benefits of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine?
When you live in harmony with nature, you are dis-ease free, balanced, and happy. You have to reconnect with the nature's rhythms to restore this balance.
Routine is one of the most important aspects in this holistic medicine. You have probably experienced it yourself, when you have a good routine, life seems to flow and there somehow is more time in the day.
Ayurvedic Daily Routines (you can think of them as your grandma's wisdom) will start making you and your loved ones feel better immediately.
Once you get your Daily Routines down, you can start implementing some of the Healthy Eating Habits as well. Just these simple changes and you are off to a great start. Of course, Ayurveda is much more than Routine and Eating Habits, but think of these as the roots to better health and well-being.
Every root needs nourishing soil to feed and strengthen the roots. Without healthy, nutritious, soft soil, nothing grows. The soil consists of:
Make your life into meditation. Try to remember your breath anytime you can.
Even if it's just for a second. Realize you are in the present moment. Be grateful. This might be a challenge at first, but I promise it will become second nature in no time. “Practice makes the master.”
I hope this website will help you to incorporate Ayurveda into your daily life and that you will start experiencing the wellness benefits immediately. You can find out how Ayurveda came into my life at my personal story page. Please do share your stories, so others can learn from your experience. I always love to hear from you.
May your life path be adventurous, healthy and happy.
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