Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of holistic health and natural healing which dates back over 5000 years. It is an art and science of life and well being. Overall, it is health promotive, rejuvenative, and nutritive, as well as disease preventive and curative, by ensuring balance of body, mind and spirit. The term Ayurveda comprises two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Thus Ayurveda literally means "The science or knowledge of life and well-being."
The proper practice of Ayurveda promotes overall health through physical, mental and spiritual well being. Ayurveda incorporates knowledge of the subtle energies known as Doshas relating to the physiology and psychology. Ayurveda looks at individual constitutions and treats on an individual basis. Unbalance and disease manifest differently in different people.
Whether you are looking to improve your overall health or treat a specific condition, Ayurveda looks to bring balance to inconsistencies in one's body constitution as well as life style. Treatment often involves the use of specific herbs and herbal preparations, dietary guidelines, the practice of Yoga, Breath work and exercise and encourages meditation.
Nitin Shah M.D. (Ayu.) is registered with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, the Alliance of Professional Naturopaths and Naturotherapists, is a professional member of the Ontario Herbalist Association, and has received his accreditation as Doctor of Natural Medicine.
Vaidya Shah, a native of India, has been a practitioner, philosopher and teacher of Ayurveda and Yoga for more than 20 years. He is one of very few Postgraduate Ayurvedic Doctors residing in North America. Currently he lives in the Toronto area.