- From the Sanskrit ‘ayu’ meaning “life” + ‘veda’ meaning ‘science’ or ‘knowledge’
Literally translated, ‘the Science of Life’
Ayurveda is the traditional Indian system of medicine. More than 5,000 years old, it is the first documented system of medicine in the world. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tibetan medicine and early Greek medicine all have principals of Ayurvedic origin.
Ayurveda recognises humans are comprised of the five major elements of the natural world around us. Each one of us has a uniquely individual blend of these elements, with some more dominant than others. Ayurvedic medicine, then, is individually prescriptive and aims to restore and maintain balance in a person’s elemental constitution. This is achieved through nutrition and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine, classical detoxing and cleansing therapies, massage, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and sound therapy.
More than just a protocol for treating symptoms of disease, Ayurveda aims to maintain health in the healthy and prevent disease in order to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering. Ayurvedic medicine considers the person as a whole – an expression of consciousness, inextricably linked to the Universe and our environment, consisting of a mind, physical body and enduring soul. ‘Health’ is not defined as merely having a disease-free body, but also a sound mind and spirit. Ayurveda offers practical insights to promote rejuvenation, wellbeing, vitality and longevity; enabling us to realise our fullest potential in life.