Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medicinal practice comprising a range of treatments including herbs, dietary changes, meditation, massage and yoga, to maintain or restore health.
The word Ayurveda comes from Sanskrit and means "science (or knowledge) of life." It is possibly the oldest system of health care continuously practiced in the world, (the tradition has been passed down from master to disciple in India for more than 5000 years).
Ayurveda is based on the belief that health is the result of harmony between mind, body and spirit. Practitioners of Ayurveda in India receive training recognized worldwide. While modern medical science has never validated the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and only a few rigorous studies can certify their effect on specific diseases, it is believed that certain practices like yoga, increase strength and vitality. In addition, currently being studied are many Ayurvedic herbal preparations, based upon their apparent therapeutic effects.
Ayurveda, the "science of life", is the traditional medicine, and natural healing system of India and its cultural sphere. This is probably the oldest healing system in the world. Its roots come from the Vedic era, more than 5,000 years ago. No wonder it has been called "The Mother of All Cures". Ayurveda is one of the most comprehensive healing systems in the world, working completeley with the body, mind and spirit. It is related to a deep yogic vision of life and consciousness. There are indications that much of Ayurvedic practice has lead to the basis of modern western medicine.
Ayurveda in History
Throughout history Ayurveda has had a strong influence in many systems of medicine, from ancient Greece in the west to Traditional Chinese Medicine in the east. Herbs and Ayurvedic formulas appear in Traditional Chinese Medicine also Ayurveda also has a form of acupuncture. Ayurveda is the foundation of Tibetan medicine, which may have travelled along with buddhism from india. Tibetan Medicine/Ayurveda influenced Chinese Medicine, as well as Ayurveda in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Burma, and parts of Thailand.