What is Ayurveda?

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Thousands of years before modern medicine arrived, Ayurveda was utilized in India. As one of the world’s oldest medical systems, Ayurveda is based on herbal compounds, special diets, and other health practices. The practice combines Sanskrit words including “ayur” which means life, and “veda” which means science or knowledge. Deepak Chopra described the practice as,

The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind.”

Universal connectedness, the body’s constitution, and life forces are all comprised of Ayurveda, which physicians develop an individualized treatment program through use of herbs, diet, exercise, and recommendations for lifestyle. Use of herbs and of the practice on one’s own can be dangerous, however, if not led by a licensed, reputable physician, so it’s important to use this practice through a reputable treatment center. The main belief of Ayurveda is that freedom from illness is found through awareness of one’s own body, lifestyle, and diet.

In order for individuals to gain more awareness of their body, meditation is often used. Meditation involves intense focus on the breath and body, most commonly practiced while sitting and with the eyes closed. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ayurveda has become more integrated with not only meditation but with yoga as well, to help individuals identify any health or mental problems between the various holistic methods. Is Ayurveda effective?

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has noted limited research on Ayurveda, many people have attested to the benefits of this practice. Holistic medicine is still relatively new in the United States, and people are becoming more open to it than ever before. Many Ayurveda treatments aim to help a person maintain their health, not to necessarily treat a specific treatment. This type of practice works well as a complementary method to go along with a core treatment program. If you’re considering Ayurveda, speak with a representative at a reputable treatment center today.

Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center that offers Ayurveda along with a range of other holistic practices. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.

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