Taken from the Sanskrit, Ayurveda means "knowledge of life".
'Ayur' means 'Life' & 'Veda' means 'Science'
Ayurveda is a science of life.
The way of life that lives at one with nature.
Ayurvedic medicine is a 5000 year old system of Hindu traditional medicine based on the philosophy of health and lifestyle that treats the whole person and not just the symptoms.
As a holistic health system comprising diet, Yoga, massage, detoxification, herbal remedies and meditation, it improves not only a person's health, but also their wellbeing, behaviour and state of mind.
Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.
These five elements in turn combine with each other to give rise to three bio-physical forces -"Doshas"- within the human body.
The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is that health exists when there is a balance between the Tridoshas: three fundamental bodily humours or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Tri' means 'Three' and 'Doshas' mean 'Humours'.
Ayurveda seeks to treat the mind and body according to every person's Dosha.
For good health, each person has to maintain the balance of their doshas and not aggravate it and an imbalance in them is the cause of illness. It is thus essential to identify one's body type and follow dietary regimes according to the seasonal regimes to maintain optimum health. Ayurvedic treatment helps to restore this imbalance without any side effects.
The primary aim of Ayurveda is to balance the body's energies and thus restore health and vitality.
Health in Ayurveda means harmony, and there is no end to the degree of harmony you can achieve if you set yourself the task. We are meant to enjoy the pleasures of life, but there comes a point where such enjoyment can interfere with your health.
The practice of ayurveda is designed to promote human happiness, health and creative growth. It is the science of daily living and this system of knowledge evolved from the sage's practical, philosophical and religious illumination which was rooted in their understanding of the creation. Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health and the diseased person to regain health.
This unique combination of Ayurveda and Yoga has existed for millennia, and is still widely used in India.
Yoga is the science of union with the Divine and Spiritual, more mystical and energetic. Ayurveda is the science of living, maintaining health, and promoting longevity, rejuvenation and self-realization.
These interdependant disciplines form part of a whole approach that will help to create an integrated well being.