Ayurveda for Americans

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

It only takes one google search for the American Supplement Industry to overwhelm your understanding of health. As one purchase leads to the next, it seems that the quest for supplements is never complete. This endless cycle is derived in the fixed American understanding of health as something to be acquired. However, the traditional Indian Medicine system called Ayurveda invites us to heal by changing our perspective to health altogether.

The term Ayurveda literally translates to knowledge of life. It suggests that disease arises from imbalances or stresses in a person’s consciousness. Additionally, Ayurveda views health from a “bio-psycho-spiritual perspective and cosmological framework that places physical health within emotional, psychological, spiritual, ecological, and cosmic dimensions.”  This perspective suggests that both the human body and the cosmos reflect the state of a greater interconnected whole.

Though Ayurvedic Medicine is not thoroughly studied in the west and ayurvedic practitioners are not licensed in the United States, its ancient wisdom is rising in popularity.  This is likely because the Ayurvedic lifestyle can help prevent many global diseases on the rise. Balanced digestion is an essential part of Ayurvedic healing because we digest both our food and experience of life through our consciousness. It believes that our mind and our body are inextricably connected through the interconnected energy system of our Doshas, so healing arises from eliminating that which prevents balance and wholeness.

Ultimately Ayurveda can teach Americans that being healthy starts with responsibility. By looking inward and understanding health as balance and wholeness everyone can discover total wellness for their body and mind.

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