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 timeless knowledge that expresses itself in perfect balance. It is the foundation of lasting health, satisfaction and beauty.
The Philosophy, Ayurveda, is a Sanskrit term which means “the science of life” or “the wisdom of longevity”. Ayurveda views health as much more than the absence of disease. 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 emphasises 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. However, 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 that 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.