Why You Need Ayurveda

February 25, 2020 | Written by Monica Bey

Have you ever heard of Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine? Here’s why you need to know about it: it helps you live a longer, happier and healthier life.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system stemming from India and is one of the oldest, most holistic ways to heal ailments in the world.

Why haven’t you heard about this before? It’s not mainstream because it doesn’t make corporations money the way other forms of medicine do. Other forms get pushed to the front and normalized, while ancient, natural forms get pushed to the back and become hard to find. This is why I’m bringing this to you today.

Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and soul. In Ayurvedic medicine, every person is made of different energy categories known as doshas. These doshas control how the body works. So in thinking about any health issue or sickness that you may develop, they are most likely linked to your doshas.

If you’re not familiar with this Indian healing art, here’s a quick Q&A that may help you understand and pique your interest to find out more:

Does Ayurveda really work? 

The answer is yes. Studies have proved that Ayurveda practices have helped to reduce pain and increase function in people with osteoarthritis while also helping to manage symptoms in people with Type 2 diabetes. Emotional and behavioral issues can also be treated through the use of Ayurveda. The list of ailments that it helps with goes on.

How do I start living an Ayurvedic lifestyle? 

Start with your diet. Next to breathing, eating is our most vital source of energy that really affects our entire energy system. Depending on what dosha you fit into, there are specific foods that can help bring you into a state of wellness and foods you should avoid because they bring you into a state of illness. This is not one size fits all. Foods that work for some, may not work for others. To find out what dosha you fit into, search for “dosha quiz” online and you will find many free resources.

Is Ayurveda natural and safe? 

Yes. Being in tune with nature is the Ayurvedic way. This system of healing focuses on your body’s natural needs to nurture your health and life. Being many thousands of years old and still strong in its results, it is very safe. However, it is always important to consult a medical professional or dietician to ensure you are following it properly in conjunction with other treatment plans.

To maintain a healthy holistic lifestyle, you have the power to choose your path. Holistic practices such as this help to get to the root of the problem and help prevent future issues, instead of just throwing a Band-Aid on it, so to speak. I encourage you to do more research on Ayurveda and try putting it into practice.

You’ll thank me later.