For millennia, long before any form of recognized science may have emerged, the land that is India had been practicing a well-informed discipline, a science no less, called “Ayurveda”, it was the science of life itself.
‘Ayur’ means Life and ‘Veda’ means Science.
This ancient medical approach and practice has continued to fascinate and enthuse humanity, indeed even attaining the pinnacle of its magnetism in modern times.
With its origins in pre-history, cultivated and fostered by great learned men and elaborately documented since as long ago as the turn of the first millennium BC by eminent scholars, here is a science where the sagacity of the ancient continues to rule the glamour of the contemporary. Can be called as an ageless and timeless science.
Over several thousand years, Ayurveda has continued to remain open to experience innovation and has been one of the most extensively written about branches of scientific, and has withstood the test of time for some 5000 years.
Ayurveda treats life on the underpinnings of the body, soul (spirit) and mind, and the very principles of this wonderful system of medicine rests, on the values of these three to be in perfect balance for stable health.
It is all inter-related, Ayurveda says, everything that one indulges in, influences and affects one’s health and well-being. Your attitude, diet, relationships, actions, the whole lot influences the body, soul and mind.
The two principle objectives of Ayurveda are: Prolong life and Promote complete health.
It involves care of the physical, mental and spiritual health by keeping the body, mind and spirit in an ideal equilibrium with the basic elements of nature.
According to Ayurveda, the five basic elements – Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether (space) – constitute the very fabric of all existence. This stands for one’s constitution, for what is the human body, but a makeup of the derivatives of these very five elements. The design of these elements is expressed through Doshas (pathogenic factors or those that tend to go out of balance easily) of the body and mind and the entire system is at play with the tissues (Dhatus) and their wastes (Malas).
The elements, the seasons, one’s genetic inheritance, environmental factors, even one’s astrological chart, each one of these if not taken care of, can result in the imbalance of life’s functioning, disturbing the performance of the Dhatus and the Malas, thereby resulting in diseases (Roga).
Treating the very fundamental cause of disease rather than addressing just the symptoms is what Ayurveda expounds. It is an open and dynamic science.
Call it a living tradition that continues to be practiced by living people.