What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India, which dates as far back as 5000 BC. Literally translated, the Sanskrit word Ayurveda means “the science of life and longevity”. Ayurvedic philosophy was originally derived from the Vedas of which there exist four primary classical texts, the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas. Even though the bases of Ayurveda were established millennia ago, its original teachings have undergone many transformations and continue to be adapted today. As a science of healing, Ayurveda relates to an individual’s entire existence, to all that the universe encompasses, and how they affect and mirror each other. With this broad scope in mind Ayurveda is considered by many to be the most comprehensive and holistic system of healing ever practiced. It encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, exercises and yoga postures, relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises and medicinal herbs. It also employs the use of specific cleansing and rejuvenation techniques, which heal the body, mind and spirit. Complimentary therapies such as colour, gem, and sound therapy, oil massage, and aromatherapy are also used throughout the treatment process. Because Ayurveda relates so closely to the universe, it applies and parallels principles found in nature to that of each individual.