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Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurvedic Medicine is the world's most ancient healing system. This form of medicine stems from India and has been around for over 5000 years. It has been helping us with all sorts of issues such as aiding sleep and digestion. Today, Ayurveda is practiced all over the world, with many of the techniques, herbs, and oils being used regularly in our daily life.
Ayurveda is based on the understanding that the body has three principle energies, or doshas, and that each of us has their own unique makeup of these three doshas called the prakriti, which is determined at birth. The prakriti determines how our bodies behave and respond to everything, from stress to emotion. The three doshas are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to bring our physical and mental selves into balance, responding to the constant changes within us and our environment, from shifting seasons to fluctuating hormones. Ayurvedic principles cover a lot of ground, but much of it is common sense and rooted in natural ingredients and methods. It’s likely that if you’re interested in wellness you’re probably already practicing some Ayurvedic methods without realising it. Meditating, eating dinner early in the evening, practicing yoga, using turmeric to aid digestion — these are all part of Ayurvedic teaching.
Ayurveda focuses on our physical and mental make-up, which provides clues to the root causes of any issues or imbalances we might be experiencing or be prone to experiencing in the future. It then uses this information to treat the root cause, prevent future ailments and make lifestyle recommendations for improved overall wellness. They key is using the wonders of nature to prevent ailments, rather than using traditional medicines to help cure our problems.
Many adaptogens have been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries. Mother nature offers a goldmine of adaptogenic plants with amazing medicinal value if we know where to look and how to use them. As humans, we need to reconnect with nature and find balance, and Ayurveda can help us achieve this. At Osena we utilise adaptogens to help you reclaim your best self. We use Ayurvedic herbs in our tinctures such as Ashwagandha, which lists benefits that include increasing energy, reducing anxiety and lowering cholesterol.
For further information about Ayurveda we recommend checking out Jasmine Hemsley's blog. She shares great Ayurvedic recipe ideas, helps us determine our dosha and provides easy tips for us to incorporate aspects of Ayurvedic practices into our daily routine.