Ayurveda is the most ancient form of medicine in the world, and the forerunner of all other great systems of medicine. Ayurveda literally means 'Knowledge of life' and its guiding principles are believed to have been handed down from the Hindu gods to the great seers.
Ayurveda and its relation to Indian philosophy is derived from the Vedas, the devine Hindu books of knowledge. The aim of Ayurveda is not only healing of the sick, but the prevention of illness and the preservation of life, and in that way it comprises the noble system of living that makes Ayurveda the most complete system of medicine and healthcare we know today.
Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional, all-embracing national system of medicine practiced in India and Sri Lanka. Ayurveda is a comprehensive system of healthcare, and its many elements work together prescribing a way of life, rather than a treatment for specific illnesses. Some of the elements of Ayurvedic medicine include:
- • Detoxification by Panchakarma
- • Diet
- • Yoga
- • Herbal/mineral medication
- • Meditation
The basic Ayurvedic belief is that everything within the universe, including ourselves, is composed of five elements called panchamahabhuthas and thridoshas. By correcting the balance of thridoshas within ourselves and in relation to the world around us, we will promote our health on all levels.