Considered to be the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. Ayurveda is a branch of one of the Vedas, Atharva Veda. The term Ayurveda is taken from the Sanskrit words ayur, meaning life or lifespan, and veda, meaning knowledge. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years and in recent years has started becoming popular in Western and South East Asian cultures as well.
Ayurveda sees the human body as a blend of the five basic elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space combined in such a way so as to control all the processes of health and disease. It is regulated by the three bio-regulating principles of thridoshas (Life Forces or energies of our body) nervous (Vata), the venous (Pitta) and the arterial (Kapha). All people have vata, pitta, and kapha, but usually 1 or 2 are dominant in a given individual. According to Ayurveda, illness arises when these doshas, are out of balance. Many factors such as stress, an unhealthy diet, the weather etc. can disturb the dosha balance. Such disturbances are expressed in the body as disease. To balance the three doshas, Ayurvedic physicians primarily prescribe herbal medicines ,Diet ,Life style changes and Panchkarma Therapies. Additional healing methods can include yoga, sweat baths, meditation, nasal cleansing etc.
The constitutional/individualised approach is the essence of the Ayurvedic health system. It is effective, safe and holistic in its approach.