Ayurveda

 

WHat is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient medical science that focuses on healing and maintaining the quality and longevity of life. This has been practiced for over 5000 years combining science with psychology, spirituality and philosophy by achieving mind-body balance.

Ayurveda is made up of two words: Ayu and Veda, which translates to life and science respectively. The science of life.

Ayurvedic practices and remedies are designed to help each person achieve a balance, but unlike modern science and medicine, it is not a one size fits all as the remedy may vary for each person and will also change throughout the year, seasons and the many stages of your life.

Ayurveda is known to have been initiated in India, but it is a universal practice which may have originated in the Indian region and eventually spread through what is known as the Silk Road, making it’s way across China and Indonesia (which greatly influenced Chinese medicine), across the Middle East, Europe and parts of Africa.

Ayurveda was lost for some time, especially after the British rule over India, as the Western occupation

considered it an archaic practice, introducing modern medicine to the Indian people. It is regaining

popularity today as people who are struggling with Western medicine are looking for a more holistic approach to their wellbeing and turn to the simpler “kitchen medicine” that heals through food, spices, oils and herbs. This ancient healing practice, while known to be from India, is a global practice, self-oil massages and tongue scraping are rituals practiced daily and globally by people and cultures who have never heard of “Ayurveda”.

Ayurvedic medicine is not meant to replace modern medicine, instead to compliment it. It is not there to just treat the symptoms of the diseases, but to attend to the source of the imbalance in our health and life and take a more of a preventative approach rather than attend to the symptoms once the disease has already manifested. This can be done by eating the right foods, getting the right amount and type of exercise, and managing stress that can contribute to shortening life expectancy.