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Ayurveda emerged in ancient India over 5,000 years ago and is known as the world’s oldest healing science.  Consisting of two Sanskrit words, ayush – meaning life or longevity and veda meaning deep knowledge or wisdom, Ayurveda means “life wisdom” or the “knowledge of longevity”.  Ayurvedic medicine has thrived over time, and provided the foundation for many modern systems of medicine. Ayurveda is a life affirming and practical system that aligns you with your own natural state of balance. Its holistic diet, herbal, and lifestyle strategies are rooted in the natural rhythms of your body and environment. Recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective, traditional health science, Ayurveda is the handbook to your body that you should have received as a child. Rather than a cookie-cutter symptoms-based approach, Ayurveda offers a personalized means treating the underlying causes of imbalance. One of the elegant features of Ayurveda is that with some basic understanding, you can learn person-specific diet, herbal and lifestyle remedies to become more resilient, vibrant and attuned with the rhythms and qualities of your own body. Doshas (Body Types) Ayurveda has three essential body types or constitutions. Your individualized combination of these three constitutions, determines your likely pitfalls and most optimal means to healing. The types (or doshas) are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Knowledge of the doshas expands your understanding of your own essential constitution, your current state of health, and how to balance with herbs, lifestyle, and diet. About Banyan Botanicals Established in 1996, Banyan Botanicals was born out of a love for the deep wisdom of Ayurveda.  Our mission is to provide the highest quality Ayurvedic herbs and products, with a commitment to using herbs that are pure, USDA certified organic, sustainably sourced and fairly traded.  Banyan Botanicals works closely with distinguished teachers and doctors to continue the long-standing tradition of Ayurvedic herbal medicine. Enjoy a 10% discount on your first Banyan Botanicals purchase. Banyan Botanicals is here to support you with the knowledge and tools of Ayurveda. We hope you gain great benefit from our educational materials and products, and discover powerful healing from Ayurveda.