Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of healing encompassing body, mind and spirit. It is believed to be the oldest health care system in the world with evidence of its existence reaching over 5,000 years. It predates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of medicine believed greatly influenced by Ayurveda, by 500 years.
Spiritually enlightened prophets in the Himalayas, the Rishis or seers, transmitted their wisdom orally from teacher to disciple. Around 1500 BC, these Sanskrit versus were set down and became the Vedas, writings detailing spiritual, historical, philosophical and medical knowledge of Indian culture.
The word ‘Ayurveda’ comes from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayur‘ meaning life and ‘veda‘ meaning knowledge or science.
Ayurveda is a way of life to enhance well being, longevity and self knowledge. The ultimate goal unifies physical, emotional and spiritual health to reach spiritual bliss or moksha.
Prevention is key.
The five elements; ether, air, fire, water and earth exist in everything and combine to make up the doshas.
- Vata = ether + air
- Pitta = Fire + water
- Kapha = Earth + water
Prakruti is the fixed balance of doshas we are all born with or inherit, our basic constitution. This determines our body type, temperament, and health. Balance of the doshas is vital to health. Diet, lifestyle and emotional and mental states have a huge impact on our doshas and wellbeing balance. Our current state of imbalance is vikruti, which is not fixed, but changeable throughout our lives.
“Ayurveda is a complete science of balancing and maintaining one’s health. It derives from two words: “Ayur” means “life” and “veda” means “knowledge” in Sanskrit. It is based on the concept that each person’s body (prakriti) comprises three doshas or bodily humours (vata, pitta, kapha) and that a disease is caused by their imbalance. The approach of Ayurveda is holistic, it views the body and mind as a whole and not just treats a person’s physical complaints that are manifested as symptoms, but aims to balance the body’s energy in such a way that the root of the ailment is addressed. Therefore, Ayurveda aims at changing lifestyle practices to maintain a healthy life long term.” – Consul General of India to Sumatra Mr. Raghu Gururaj.