Ayurvedic Medicine Oldest, Most Holistic System on Planet Today

AyurvedicMedicineIndia’s traditional, Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on life,  prevention and longevity, and has been practiced for many thousands of years.

It was first put into complete written form over 5,000 years ago, and its holistic approach continues to guide millions of people around the world to better health today. According to an article by P.F. Lewis in Natural News.com, Albuquerque, New Mexico has the most Ayurveda practitioners of any U.S. city.

Ayurveda’s practitioners seek to determine potential health problems in many natural ways such as  examining the skin tone and color, the eyes and the tongue, believing that  subtle characteristics of the tongue indicate various health issues. They study aspects and nuances of the pulse, always by hand, and ask questions about lifestyle, including diet, exercise and mental and emotional issues.

In the Ayurveda system, every individual has three ‘doshas,’–vata (wind), pita (heat or fire) and kapha (earth, water). Usually one of the ‘doshas’  is dominant and determines our metabolic type and essential constitutional nature. Diets prescribed for Ayurveda patients are not necessarily restrictive, but are in tune with the individual metabolic type and the health issues to be addressed.

Ayurveda considers good digestion and elimination the central key to good health for all people, while poor digestion creates disease. The largest meal should be as close as possible to peak sunshine, as this corresponds to the digestive tract’s best function. An Ayurvedic diet eliminates all soy products other than fermented and believes that  fruits should be eaten separately from other foods. Ginger tea is the beverage of choice.

Upon arising, Ayurveda advises beginning the day with a session of tongue scraping to rid it of toxic residue, and a glass of warm lemon water.

Sounds like good old-fashioned common sense stuff that we could all learn from.

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