Beyond time and space [Avyaktha] existed the consciousness of existence [Mahath]. By the will or desire [ahankara] of this consciousness happened this universe whose form can be traced down to the five elements. And we human beings too are an integral part of this universe, like the trees, the birds, the sea and the stars.

The basis of Ayurveda is this realization that the wisdom within each and everyone of us is the wisdom of the cosmos. The very wisdom that creates life, the same wisdom that sustains being. Ayurveda’s various approaches and treatments, at it’s root, are all aimed at harnessing this pure and invincible potential within us, to create healing and wellbeing.

An Ayurvedic experience starts from a search. A search to understand oneself, inspired by the realisation that each one of us is a unique creation with a distinct fragrance, distinguished by our nature.

Our nature is an expression of our individual constitution [physical and mental] enhanced by our vasana [spiritual or inborn traits]. Ayurveda had developed a highly refined means to quantitatively and qualitatively assess the physical constitution based on Vata, Pitta and Kapha and the mental constitution based on Satwa, Rajas and Tamas.

Just as an equipment, machinery or vehicle comes with an operational manual; an experienced Ayurveda physician will be able to create an exclusive manual of diet and lifestyle based on your constitution, for optimum performance, health and well being. The famed Rasayana program advised in Ayurveda if undertaken scientifically will in addition refresh, rejuvenate and energize you with youthful vigour and vitality.

Ayurveda classifies its therapeutic approaches under two distinct divisions,

namely Shodana [an approach to thoroughly detoxify and cleanse the body to uproot causative factors if any and to eliminate even the last remnants of a disease from the system – involves the panchakarmas]
and Samana [disease specific or symptom specific curative approach].
In many cases both of these approaches are employed together or one after the other for effecting lasting or permanant cure

Source: Dr. Jayaprakash