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Ayurveda made easy: A guide to ayurveda

Ayurveda made easy: A guide to ayurveda


What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda: Get the Zen Factor © Getty
Ayurveda: Get the Zen Factor © Getty
Sue Clark, Ayurveda Practioner from APA explains what Ayurveda is: "Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words and roughly translates as Science or Knowledge of life.

"Being an ancient, traditional health system, Ayurveda is based on wisdom and experience gained over many years, and as such could be regarded as the first evidence-based system of health care.

"Ayurveda incorporates all aspects of life and includes advice on diet and lifestyle, exercise and yoga, daily and seasonal routines, social and mental health, herbs and spices, body therapies and even detox at appropriate times."

To get the most out of Ayurveda it's best to have a consultation with a practioner who can assess your general health and wellbeing. During your consultation they will look at your skin, your tongue, will test your pulse and will ask about your diet and general health.

These questions cover your digestive health, your appetite, your emotional health and your energy levels.

Questions might include:

Is there a tendency to skip meals or not notice hunger?
Do you feel constantly stressed, angry or out of control? 
Are you constantly tired or ill with recurrent colds or low immunity? 
Do you have digestive problems like bloating, diarrhea or constipation?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions then there are small changes you can make to your lifestyle that can help resolve these problems - but you'll need patience to see results.

Read on to find out about the three different Dosha types... 


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