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Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine practised in India. It's a complete system of healthcare including detoxification, diet, exercise, herbal remedies and hydrotherapy that all work together to maintain a healthy way of life.

Ayurveda literally means "science of life" and is based on the fundamental belief that everything in the universe is composed of energy. Energy controls every cell, thought, emotion and action. Ayurvedic practitioners treat each person individually to live in a way that is healthy for them thus encouraging energy balance. What is good for one person may not be good for another so it's important to identify the person's constitution (dosha) as well as identifying the causes of imbalance so that they can be treated accordingly.

Everyone has a unique constitution determined by the balance of 3 vital energies in the body known as doshas. The 3 doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These 3 doshas govern everyone's constitution in varying degrees, and for most people one or possibly two doshas are dominant. For good health and well-being, the three doshas within a person need to be in balance, however, factors such as diet, lifestyle choices, levels of pollution, the weather, relationships and even the work we do can all cause imbalances in one or more dosha. The 3 doshas are the primary force of function; they describe how the body functions, the systems it uses and what is going wrong. They are responsible for all metabolic and biological functions and maintain equilibrium and health. Imbalance of one or more dosha causes ill-health and disease, and restoring balance is the central theme of the Ayurvedic approach to health.

Vata - a vata person can be unusually tall or short with a thin, slender frame. Their veins and bones are usually quite prominent. They tend to have brown dry or coarse hair and thin lips. They are hyperactive, lively people who are always on the go and change is important to them. Creative and artistic in nature, they love to talk and make friends easily. They are light sleepers and have a dislike of cold and dry environments.

When vata becomes imbalanced, it can result in fearfulness, nervousness and anxiety. The person can suffer from insomnia, constipation, dry skin and lips; their digestion becomes irregular, they find it hard to concentrate and finish projects.

Pitta - a pitta person is of medium build and strength and moderate weight. Their skin is warm and ruddy, can be freckled and is often sensitive. Their hair is fine and tends towards early greying and balding. They are ambitious, determined and confident with a tendency towards perfectionism. Pitta people tend to be intolerant to heat and gravitate towards cooler environments.

When pitta becomes imbalanced it can cause the person to become angry, irritable and impatient; they get heated and feel hot and thirsty. Their skin becomes inflamed and erupts in rashes or acne and they get infections easily. They can be obsessive and critical about anything.

Kapha - kapha people have stout, stocky frames with well-developed physiques. They have a tendency towards being overweight. Their hair is thick, wavy and lustrous and they have big eyes and large smooth lips. They are calm, contented, easy-going, steady and supportive. They are heavy sleepers and have a dislike of damp and cold environments.

When kapha becomes imbalanced it can cause the person to put on weight, become unmotivated, lethargic and lazy. They can become clingy and tend to hold on to things. Their digestion is slow leaving them feeling heavy and sleepy after eating.