Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of medicine from India that understands health in terms of a constitutional model. Each of use manifests a mixture of each of the three constitutional energetic forces or ‘doshas’. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding specially designed treatments, food and lifestyle so that health can be optimized and illness healed.
Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: Ayu, which means ‘life’ and Veda, which means ‘the knowledge of’. To know about life is Ayurveda. However, to fully comprehend the vast scope of Ayurveda let us first define “Ayu” or ‘life’. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, “ayu” is comprised of four essential parts: the combination of mind, body, senses and the soul.
Ayurveda is an intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of years ago. We can find historical evidence of Ayurveda in the ancient books of wisdom known as the Vedas. In the RigVeda, over 60 preparations were mentioned that could be used to assist an individual in overcoming various ailments. The Rig Veda was written over 6,000 years ago, but really Ayurveda has been around even longer than that. What we see is that Ayurveda is more than just a medical system. It is a Science of Life.