What is Ayurveda?
Basel – Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic medical system, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature, which has been practiced for more than 5000 years. It means “science of life” (“Ayu” meaning life and “Veda” meaning science) and was first recorded in the Vedas, the world’s oldest surviving literature. Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, is free from harmful side effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. Ayurveda views illness as caused by an imbalance in a person’s physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person’s body and mind back into a healthy balance.
Ayurveda is the ancient science of perfect health. The Ayurvedic texts describe a wealth of treatments for maintaining and promoting good health by creating inner balance and re-establishing connection with the body’s inner intelligence.
Whilst Western medicine has gained a firm footing in India there is still a strong belief in the teachings of Ayurveda. Kerala in South India is viewed as the birthplace of Ayurveda and continues to hand down the knowledge and skills of its teachings.
In Ayurveda, body and mind are inextricably linked. Stress will manifest itself not only in the mind but also in our physical body whilst a physical disease or illness can have profound emotional and psychological effects the extent of which may surprise us.
Many of the therapies advocated today, as part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle will have a holistic effect on body, mind and soul. These may be for example: Yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, massage, dietary adjustment, and detoxification and counseling.