Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India 2008 with Dr. David Frawley, Shambhavi Chopra and Ed Zadlo
Ayurveda. “the science of life”, is the traditional natural medicine of India dating back over 5000 years. It is the medical or healing branch of Yoga, helping to prepare our bodies for long term health. It is a science, or way of knowledge about life, it’s powers and its resources. It is a science by which life in its totality is understood. It is a medical science of our entire nature, not a mere physical or chemical form of medicine. In addition to the physical body Ayurveda refers to the subtle body, mind, soul and charkas. It is an art that weaves natural forces to create harmony and transformation and self-healing from the causes of disease in contrast to treating disease with drugs. The basis of Ayurveda is discovering and maintaining the natural balance of elements in our body which will help keep us free from disease. Ayurvedic diagnosis is made through a combination of a complete and detailed history including pulse diagnosis, tongue, eyes, skin, hair, stomach disorders, sleep and diet patterns that will help to reveal underlying factors in the disease process. It is a comprehensive system that includes herbal medicine, diet, body therapies, yoga asana, massage, meditation, pranayama, psychology, spirituality, rejuvenation and revitalization.