"If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with reasons for his illness. Only then it is possible to help him."
It is the ability of Ayurveda to treat the whole individual that distinguishes it from our current medical paradigm. Ayurveda has something for everyone. It is not at odds with other systems but, instead, it completes and complements other systems. While modern medicine focuses mainly on the superficial cause of disease, Ayurveda fulfills the need for an approach that focuses on the prevention of disease, from its grossest level to its subtlest level. To achieve this lofty goal, Ayurveda simply restores balance to the three primordial mind/body principles or doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Balance and Imbalance:
Ayurveda defines that health is a balanced state of Doshas i.e Vata, Pitta & Kapha and sickness is due to an imbalance of one or combinations of doshas. A balanced state of dosha in Sanskrit is called Prakriti and an imbalanced state is called Vikriti.
Personalized Health program for prevention or restoring balance:
Our individual body/mind type, as determined by the relative dominance of the three doshas, is identified through our physical traits, biorhythms, mental state, personality, behavior, life style, likes and dislikes. Each of these doshas can either be in a state of balance and harmony or in a state of imbalance. A very effective way of diagnosing imbalances in the doshas is through a consultation with a physician trained in the art of Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis. Pulse diagnosis is an invaluable tool, as it allows the physician to detect imbalance in the early stages of the disease process, and therefore sickness can be averted even before symptoms arise.