What is Ayurveda?
Ayurved is an ancient science wherein ‘Ayu’ means life and ‘Veda’
means knowledge. Its origin can be traced back right to the
evolution of civilisation on earth. Thousands of years ago India’s
greatest sages established their knowledge of life in the oldest
scriptures known to mankind viz. Rigveda, Atharvaveda and
Yajurveda. The fundamentals of Ayurved can be found in all this
scriptures. Ayurved is regarded as the Upaveda or sub-scripture of
the Yajurveda. This Veda contains abundance of information on
how to keep oneself healthy and to combat diseases.
The mythology of the evolution of ayurved prior to the Vedic era
states that the Science of life, ayurved and the life itself were
simultaneously originated. In fact, Lord Bramha, the Creator of the
Universe, remembered this Science of Life and gifted it to the
human beings through the tradition of great sages.
The fundamental philosophy of Ayurved says that suffering is
disease and contentment is good health. No human being can be
called healthy if he does not possess a sound body, a sound mind
and a sound atma (soul).
Ayurved describes the whole way of life; it narrates how one
should keep healthy by advising on smallest things of personal
hygiene and social conduct. The sages of Ayurved emphasised on
the importance of preventive medicine, achieved by developing the
individual's own immune system to fight against all possible
Ayurvedic Healing has two levels; one for the layman and self-
care, and the other for the physician. The first outlines a general
or life-style treatment for health enhancement and disease
prevention. It gives many common or home-remedies for different
diseases. It is important to realise that many of our diseases can
best be treated by ourselves. Often a few simple therapies done
as a part of our daily regime can be effective. It is only when our
life-style is out of harmony that more severe diseases arise, and
more specialised and complicated health care becomes necessary.
The second level provides some of this specialised Ayurvedic
medical knowledge and outlines more technical and complicated
remedies. These may be better utilised by a health care
professional. Most disease conditions involve both physical and
spiritual factors and require treatment on both levels. Ayurved,
traditionally, involves a holistic treatment of the entire "body-soul-
mind - human being" and its full cosmic nature.
Ayurvedic medicines consist of various natural herbs and minerals
and are rapidly gaining acceptance all over the world. The
Ayurved 3today is part of a new movement towards a global health