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Ayurveda is an ancient medical science originated in India around 5000 years ago.
 It is a holistic system of healing which encompasses  medicine, surgery, yoga and spiritual therapies. 
It considers each individual unique and treats everybody specifically.
The name comes from Sanskrit and means science of life(Ayus= life; veda= knowledge).  

According to Ayurveda the human body as well as everything in the universe is made of 5 basic elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Heart, which are grouped to form three energetic entities called Doshas: Vata( Space and Air) Pitta ( Fire) Kapha( Earth and Water).When in equilibrium, they regulate all the physiological processes, but if brought out of balance by  inappropriate food and lifestyle, they will bring along diseases.  

These energies are responsible to make our physical make up or constitution, which  makes us unique and reacting differently to food and stress
That's way Ayurveda teaches us ow to choose that kind of food, whose qualities and potency  are the most appropriate to our constitution.
The Doshas  are responsible of all physiological processes, but when out of balance they are the cause of all diseases.
To regain  or  maintain health they  have to be rebalanced by the mean of a deep detoxification program called panchakarma or with the oral administration of herbs and body treatments.
The best known of the external therapies is the hot oil massage (Abhyanga) followed by steam(Swedana), as they are used also for general relaxation. Less common treatments are Pindasweda,Shirodara, Kathi Basti, Nasya, which are used to treat specific medical conditions.

In Ayurveda food and lifestyle play an important role to prevent illnesses. Food is considered nutriment as well as medicine.
Ayurvedic practitioner always give a fundamental importance to the correct diet and lifestyle because herbs and external treatments do not have much effect if patients do not  change they food habit and daily habits.

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