Ayurvedic medicine is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ayurveda is the name given to the knowledge developed in India more than 7 thousand years ago, becoming one of the oldest therapeutic systems of mankind.

The word Ayurveda is composed by two parts: Veda and Ayur. Veda means Science, Knowledge or Wisdom and Ayur means life. We have different translations of the term Ayurveda in western literature such as "Science of Life", "Science of Longevity", "Knowledge of Life", among others.

Ayurvedic Medicine is India's official medicine and has spread throughout the world as an effective unconventional technique. The AYUSH Ministry (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy) is responsible for the regulation, spread and promotion of these medicines inside and outside India. In Portugal it is practiced mainly by therapists and technicians.

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Ayurveda is a system developed by the ancient Sages of India (Rishis), which passed

from generation to generation based on millennial texts called Vedas. It is a Science

and Art of living that, through unconventional therapies, helps achieve longevity

through physical and psychic balance.

The disease, for Ayurveda, is much more than the manifestation of unpleasant

symptoms, dangerous to the maintenance of Life. Ayurveda, as therapy, believes that

the disease begins long before it reaches the stage where it manifests itself.

Ayurveda is based on the five basic elements of nature (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether).

The combination of these five elements forms three basic biotipologies, called Doshas:

Vata (Air + Ether)

Pitta (Fire + Water)

Kapha (Water + Earth)

Vata - has characteristics such as lightness, slender structure, rapid activity, irregular hunger and digestion, light and interrupted sleep, enthusiasm, liveliness, imagination, excitability, mood swings, tendency to worry, physical and mental energy in sudden outbursts.

Pitta - is characterized by a medium constitution, entrepreneurial temperament, taste for challenges, sharp intelligence, great hunger, thirst and good digestion, tendency to anger and irritability under stress, aversion to the sun and heat, warm and ardent in emotions when balanced.

Kapha - is characterized by a strong and solid constitution, constant energy, slow and graceful gestures, calm and quiet personality, tendency to obesity, affection, tolerance and generosity, tendency towards possessiveness and complacency, seeks emotional comfort in food.

Through the determination of Dosha and existing imbalances, the ayurvedic therapists recommend a therapy which may include:

Diet - There is a deep knowledge of the foods and their effects on the Doshas, in order to balance them. Indications are given about the most appropriate foods, how to prepare them, the use of suitable spices and the correct associations.

Daily Routine - The 24 hours of the day are divided into cycles that undergo the predominant influence of one of the Doshas (Vata - Pitta - Kapha). This knowledge seeks to adapt the daily routine of activities, food, rest, meditation and sleep in the periods that are most beneficial and that promote health.

Medicinal plants - Cultivated in special places, harvested and processed in order to conserve their biochemical properties.

Meditation - Creates a space for awareness, achieving a neurological balance to divert negative thoughts and emotions. During meditation there is a relieving of mental pressures, the rhythm of breathing slows down, the heart rate goes down, the muscles relax and the emotions are calmed. Helps to reduce stress and tension, reduces unhealthy habits, etc.

Yoga therapy - Psychophysical exercises associated with breathing techniques, properly prepared and adapted to each person.