Ayurveda, meaning 'the science of life' is part of the ancient, yogic philosophy of India. Ayurvedic medicine provides a holistic approach to healing and well being.
Ayurveda is the ancient holistic medical system from India, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature and it has been practised for more than 5000 years. Ayurveda means science of life ('Ayu' meaning life and 'Veda' meaning science). Ayurveda is now acknowledged by many leading scholars as the mother of medicine because Ayurvedic principals have influenced the development of Chinese, Greek and other traditional medical systems.
Ayurveda is a complete way of life and views illness as being caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring the person's body and mind back into healthy balance.
Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of 5 basic elements and these five elements in turn combine with each other to give rise to three bio-physical forces (or Doshas) -
Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Ayurvedic treatments involve establishing an individual's constitution and the nature of any imbalance and then seeking to return the individual's body to a state of healthy balance. They consist of the use of specific Ayurvedic massages using herb-infused massage oils, herbal remedies, nutritional advice, advice on lifestyle habits and specially selected Yoga exercises.
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