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Ayurveda is a 3000 year old traditional medicine from India, which is believed to be the source of all types of medicine from East to West.
You have no doubt noticed that at Monsieur T., we offer some herbal teas and so-called Ayurvedic teas. And you've probably wondered: what does ayurveda mean? We've already asked ourselves the question. And, just like Haley Joel Osment, we pay it forward to light up your lantern.
Ayurveda is a 3000 year old traditional medicine from India, which is believed to be the source of all types of medicine from East to West. It is holistic, that is, it sees humans as an indivisible whole. Like: if your mind is at zero, your body will feel it, and vice versa.
Ayurveda is therefore based on the balance of body and mind, which goes through the three metabolic principles (or vital forces, or doshas) that make up any living being: vata (air, movement), pitta (fire, transformation) and kapha (water, preservation). Each person has a doshadominant, which determines their personality, their physical appearance and the type of diseases or disorders to which they are prone, from anxiety to hemorrhoids to stomach aches and insomnia.
To be at our physical and psychological best, we must balance our three doshas as much as possible. Various therapies can help, such as self-massage, yoga, fasting or meditation, but it is mainly through diet and the consumption of herbs that this will be achieved. Some foods, plants or spices increase vata, others regulate pitta, etc.
Does that sound far-fetched to you? This is normal: over here we are not used to think about our health in this way. However, in India, the Ministry of Health fully recognizes this medicine (which is promoted by the Minister of Yoga). In the West, Ayurveda is categorized as a soft or natural medicine.
Whether we buy into it or not, we have everything to gain by tapping into nature so that our body and mind are in great shape. This is why we offer, in our Ayurveda section, teas and herbal teas bursting with plants and spices such as licorice root, turmeric or ginger to invigorate you or help you relax, depending on whether you have vata, kapha or pitta to take care of.