In brief, Ayurveda is a holistic health-care system created 5,000 years ago in India.
It has been practiced widely in India since that time, and in the past century has
also been practiced in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Ayurveda works
with the five elements of the body – air, water, fire, earth, space – the principle
being that when these elements are in balance, the body enjoys good health, energy
and happiness. When these elements fall out of balance, ill health, and eventually
illness, may develop.
According to Ayurveda, symptoms are an indication of imbalance within the body.
In order to restore balance, the root cause needs to be determined through pulse
evaluation; then, a personalized health-care program is developed for the individual.
After the individual changes dietary and lifestyle habits, and takes
herbal food supplements, symptoms often disappear — sometimes rapidly.
More chronic conditions may take longer to address but respond well to the Ayurvedic
Ayurveda uses several means for accomplishing total health:
- Diet tailored to the individual’s constitution
- Lifestyle recommendations
- Plant-based herbal remedies
- Panchakarma – a deep cleansing and detoxifying program that cleans
and rejuvenates the body at the cellular level. The Narams offer this treatment
at their Mumbai, India clinic.
- Marma Chikitsa – a form of energy work that involves 108 subtle
points on the body to bring about physical, mental and emotional transformation
- Home remedies – simple remedies, including spices and other foods