Almost all diseases emerge from a combination of several circumstances rather than having only one clear cause. Many “modern” typical Western diseases like headache, migraine and burnout are triggered by mainly mental causes like constant stress and fatigue in the simplest of cases. Often this is promoted by a lifestyle characterized by rush, fast food and social pressure. The value of personal freedom and free time has subsided in the eye of society in favor of the traits of being hardworking and loadable, ignoring the pressure this puts on the individual because it’s not perceived as “real” by the society until it gets physical. An ayurvedic lifestyle helps putting this back into order and valuing your own mental health.
Ayurveda is a big thing, a vast and ancient knowledge base that can seem very intimidating to the newcomer. Many terms and explanations are in overwhelming Sanskrit and can make a first understanding or overview quite difficult on your own. But that’s alright, you don’t have to understand everything at once and there are nicely written books that will help the Westerner along. If you can find an Ayurvedic practitioner or a Yoga class that also teaches about Ayurveda, even better. But if you only want to see what Ayurveda is and “test it” it is no harm to just include ayurvedic bits and pieces into your lifestyle wherever you feel comfortable doing so. Ayurveda is not a radical diet that demands absolute discipline, but suggests to do all the changes you want to make rather gradually and see if you get used to them and want to go further. (That is as long as you’re not suffering from any serious condition in which case you should really see an ayurvedic or general practitioner.)
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medicine system and one of the most holistic ones existing. Instead of treating everything with drugs and every person equally Ayurveda promotes a healthy lifestyle to prevent diseases and recognizes the individuality of every single person and their need to being treated individually. Ayurveda Website