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What is ayurvedic medicine? - Ayurveda and Yoga

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Ayurveda – sister science of Yoga

What is ayurvedic medicine?

The Charaka Samhita is believed to have arisen around 400-200 BCE. It is believed to be one of the oldest authoritative writings on Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a science that explains to us how to achieve longevity by considering medical herbs, food, and the right exercise. Ayurveda tells us about different bodily constitutions and how to heal them. Every being has the predominance of various elements of nature that determine the character and looks. By balancing those energetic forces and using specific principles, we can learn how to understand ourselves and the world around us better. We aim to bring our dosha (our own unique physical and mental constitution that influences our wellbeing) into perfect balance. There are three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern our physiological activity. Their differing proportions determine our temperament and physical constitution). Each person has one or a combination of two or some even all three of these elemental forces.

Ayurveda is often described as the sister science of Yoga and contributes to the healing of the body and the mind.

A fundamental Ayurvedic philosophy is that "food is medicine".

"As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be healed. Ayurveda gives us the means."

David Frawley

You can balance your dosha by eating certain foods and avoiding other foods.

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