What Is Ayurvedic Medicine?

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Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional form of medicine that was developed in India, which states that everyone has a particular constitution which needs to be healed in different ways. Learn how the context of a person's constitution will affect treatment of an illness in Ayurvedic medicine with information from a wellness educator and herbal medicine specialist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi, my name is Charlotte Skiles. I'm a Nutrition Consultant and Clinical Herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas. And the question today is, "What is Ayurvedic Medicine?" Ayurvedic Medicine is a very very old traditional form of medicine out of India. And I believe that it is a beautiful way to practice medicine in a traditional and ancestral way. The main thing that it involves is looking at a person as having a particular constitution. So it's compose of what's called vata, pitta and kapha. Those are the doschas in Ayurvedic Medicine. So this is in start contrast to our Western Medicine, the practice of Western Medicine kinds of treats everybody as if they're the same and the practice of Ayurvedic Medicine is saying that, "Everybody's a little different" and if we can kind of put someone into a general category or sometimes both, mean we all have these three doschas within us, but one tends to be more dominant than the other one and in that, we can then nourish ourselves and medicate ourselves in a very different way. Different food will be required, different herbs will be required and different lifestyle practices will be required of each doscha. So basically with the vata doscha, you have the element of air represented. In the pitta doscha you have the element fire and in the kapha doscha you have the element of water or earth. So it's the idea that nature exists within all of us and how does that show itself and express itself through the body in terms of how we came into this world. I mean we all know fiery expressive people and we all know heavy earth people and we all know airy and grounded people. None are good and bad, it is what it is and there are different food, herbs and lifestyle practices once again that can bring our systems back into balance. So I think it's a beautiful form of medicine and that it takes the context of the person into concern first and foremost. It's not treating everybody as if they're the same. And that's what I have to say about defining Ayurvedic Medicine.

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