The word Ayurveda comes from the Indian scholar language Sanskrit and is combined of ayur = life and veda = science. With ist scientifically documented history of more than 3,000 years, it is the oldest medical system worldwide, mainly spread over the Indian subcontinent.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages maintaining health by paying close attention to balance in one’s life through right thinking, diet, lifestyle and use of herbs.
Although most sources date back the beginning of Ayurveda to a time between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago, it is actually as old as mankind … because there was always someone whose health needed improvement of some kind and always someone who had learned how to address this improvement – a true science of life.
And it is no coincidence that this ancient medical System of Ayurveda developed in the area of today’s Indian federal state Kerala and the nearby states: The natural surroundings are unique in the world in their richness in flora and fauna. Over the years, people learned how to benefit from this “natural pharmacy” and developed the holistic science of life, Ayurveda.
People from numerous countries like China, Tibet, the Roman Empire, Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Persia came to Indian Ayurvedic schools to learn about this world of medicine Many natural healing systems like homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Unani medicine, polarity medicine, and the humoral medicine practiced by Hippocrates in Greece have their roots in Ayurveda. For this reason, Ayurveda is often referred to as the “mother of all healing.”
Healing and Prevention
Ayurveda has two main intentions: On one hand, it is focused on curing from a disease and therefore covers the functionalities of all physiological systems in the human body – from childhood age over adolescence to the different ages of adult life. On the other hand, it is about remaining and improving the health. This preventive focus is more a wellness area.
The concept and the effectiveness of Ayurveda considers a person more in its holistic perspective and integrates everything necessary to make that person healthy and happy. It helps to prolongate the life expectancy by a good health and inner balance.
Holistic and Natural Approach
Ayurveda, as the meaning science of life already shows, is more than just a medical system: It touches all the different aspects of human life and gives recommendations for the best possible lifestyle.
Ayurveda places great value on the prevention of diseases instead of just curing them. A therapy does not only focus on the single complaint or symptom of the patient, but the person as a whole. With this holistic approach, Ayurveda clearly aims at finding the root of the disease to eliminate it. A classical treatment of authentic Ayurvedic centres such as the Athreya is Panchakarma.
The Ayurvedic system provides detailed instructions for seasonal and daily routines, nutrition, sleep, and even sexual behaviour – always with the goal to heal from diseases and support the health. It strengthens the body’s own immunity system to help it heal the body itself. It is a holistic and nature-based healing system which knows almost no side-effects (except for positive ones). And everyone can benefit from it, regardless their nationality or background.