Ayurveda translates simply to ‘life knowledge’ (Ayur: Life. Veda: Knowledge). It is a sanskritterm that points to this ancient practices’ origins.
Born in India some 5,000 years ago, this holistic approach to wellbeing developed as a way to help people to better understand themselves and thrive within nature.
Ayurveda has since been fully adopted across much of India & the east and in many areas it is the default system of healthcare.
It is very different to modern medicine in that it focuses more on the upkeep of a healthy equilibrium within the body in order to prevent the onset of illness, rather than simply looking for a 'cure.'
Put simply: the Ayurvedic principle is all about achieving a perfect balance in mind, body & spirit. All three of these are inextricably linked, meaning that an imbalance of one will affect the others.
A person can be assessed for their dominant constitution (called a dosha) and from there can begin to see what areas of their health may be out of balance.
No individual is the same, therefore dominant doshas and imbalances vary from one person to the next.
This ancient practice seeks to identify these individual imbalances and remedy them through natural practices & medicines, such as diet, yoga, meditation and treatments.
It is a particularly intuitive and individualised approach, far from to the one-size-fits-all method of western medicine.
Ayurveda & Copper
Copper is championed in Ayurveda in helping to restore balance to the doshas.
Many Ayurvedic doctors prescribe drinking from copper vessels for cases of upset stomachs as well as for conditions of anaemia, diabetes and indigestion.