Updated: Aug 26, 2021
Charaka is known as the Indian Father of Medicine. It is through Charaka that we have the written record of Ayurveda. Ayurveda, which translates from Sanskrit as the science of life, is holistic medicine from India that originated over 5000 years ago. It focuses on each individual’s unique mind-body constitution, from which an individual healing protocol is derived. This protocol addresses diet, lifestyle, and exercise to balance the body and bring it back to health.
Everyone has a unique prakriti, or dominate doshas. Doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha, and reflect the 5 elements: air, fire, water, earth, and ether. In Ayurveda it is stated, “as is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm." Therefore, the relationship between humans and the universe is intrinsic and cannot be separated.
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