is a Sanskrit term derived from two words: Ayur, meaning life, and
Veda, meaning knowledge; Ayurveda, literally means 'the knowledge
of life' but a more accurate translation is the 'knowledge of
longevity'. The philosophy of Ayurveda is 'love of truth'.
medicine is considered to be the oldest natural healing system,
and the oldest branch of medicine, in the whole world. It is an
intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of
years ago and historical evidence of Ayurveda is found in the
ancient books of wisdom known as the 'Vedas'.
is more than a medical science, however, and can only be
understood when one realizes that it is intricately woven in to
the fabric of nature. Over five thousands years ago spiritually
enlightened Seers or Rishi, through close observation of nature,
and its relationship to man, combined with advanced meditation,
developed the science of Ayurveda and imparted that truth from
Guru to disciple. Today Ayurveda exists in texts, scribed in the
form of melodious poetry. Because the roots of Ayurveda were born
out of the realm of the Spirit, only with a spiritual orientation
can one understand this knowledge.
Ayurveda contains the
secrets of why man needs to cooperate with nature completely in
order to ensure his well being. When there is little or no
cooperation, the resultant disharmony is suffering, disease and
finally a premature death. Thus, in dealing with the body in the
context of the spirit, Ayurveda is a completely holistic approach
to life in general.