Ayurveda is literally the 'science of life', which specifically refers to harmonious integration of body, mind, senses and spirit. It comes from the words Ayus meaning life and longevity and Veda meaning science or knowledge. Originating in India and then spreading to Egypt, Greece, Rome, Tibet, China, Russia and Japan, Ayurveda is probably the oldest, continuously practiced, complete healing and health care system on the planet.
This magnificent system of holistic medicine and living reveals knowledge about life and health after careful observation of hundreds of thousands of individuals, animals, plants, trees and nature in general, over thousands of years. Ayurvedic sages recorded in encyclopaedic writings the strategies that worked and those that didn't for every aspect of health and way of living. Being over 5,000 years old and having stood the test of time, this science proven true from the time that the early India sages shared their wisdom and knowledge of this science to today.
Ayurvedic principles are based upon the unchanging laws of Nature. Ayurveda is the medicine of nature and the medicine of life. Ayurveda recommends specific lifestyle routines, foods and diet, medicines and procedures based upon your unique psycho-biological make-up (your body-type, prakruti, which was determined at birth). Ayurveda uses the terms Vata (air/space), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth/water) to describe your body type...
Ayurveda is a complete system, encompassing preventative health, health maintenance, health improvement and the treatment of disease.