Ayurveda is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws
of nature. It is an ancient natural wisdom of health and
healing, a science of life and longevity. This science of
long life stems from the great Vedic civilization of India
and stands as the most ancient and comprehensive health system
in the world. It is based on the timeless knowledge that
expresses itself in perfect balance, the foundation of lasting
health, satisfaction and beauty.
Health in Ayurveda means harmony, and there is no end
to the degree of harmony that we can achieve if we put
our minds to it. This method of living emphasizes prevention
over cure, without neglecting cure. Some complain that
Ayurveda works slowly, but slowness is often part of
the remedy, especially today when many of us suffer from
the disease of haste. Ayurveda balances and rejuvenates
us reducing our susceptibility and empowering our immunity
to prevent disease from developing.
We humans have not really changed much in our recorded
history. Our technology is much more advanced, surely but
our bodies and minds are almost identical to those of our
ancestors, who suffered from the same diseases and demonstrated
the same admirable and despicable qualities that we do.
Ayurveda's unbroken chain of experience has much to say
to us today. Its therapies have been tested by thousands
and thousands of physicians on millions and millions of
patients. Its theories have stood the test of time.
In ancient days, when Ayurveda was being developed, humans
were much less able to control their external environment
than we can today. They had no choice but to rely on nature.
Lacking the technology we have today they cultivated their
intuitive abilities, and because they lived in close proximity
to nature they found it easy to determine the medicinal
effects of plants and minerals. They experimented on themselves
and handed down their observations. This collected medical
lore was codified long ago in the form of Ayurveda.