Welcome to the World of Ayurveda
The history of Ayurveda is a long and fascinating one, and the fact that this ancient healing art is still practiced today says a great deal about its effectiveness. The practice of Ayurveda dates back more than 5,000 years, where it is thought to have originated in the Himalayan mountains of Northern India. Since that time Ayurveda has been practiced in a number of different ways, and there are modern Ayurveda practitioners who keep the ancient ways live in the modern world.
The term Ayurveda stems from the word “Ayu” which means life, and the word “Veda” which means wisdom. Taken together the term Ayurveda literally means “Wisdom of life.” That is a good way to describe this ancient healing art.
Ever since its earliest days in India, Ayurveda has been known as a healing art and a type of medicine, even though the practice does not confine itself purely to medical matters. Unlike traditional medicine, which focuses on treating symptoms and healing the underlying disease, the practice of Ayurveda encompasses all aspects of life, not only the physical well being of the body but the well being of the mind and spirit as well.
Ayurveda does not confine itself to treating a set of symptoms and coming up with a chemical cure. Rather the practice of Ayurveda teaches people how to stay well by focusing on healthy eating habits, quality foods and proper cooking techniques. Ayurveda practitioners also teach their students how to create a daily routine that is healthy for their bodies, their souls and their minds. The subjects encompassed by Ayurveda are far reaching, including all aspects of one’s spiritual and physical well being – including everything from social life and sexual health to child rearing and pregnancy care. With its focus on the whole body and the mind/body connection, Ayurveda is often referred to as a holistic approach to living a healthy life.
Please read Wikipedia for a detailed information on history and basics of Ayurveda.