हिताहितम सुखं दुखं आयुतस्य हिता हितम मानं च तच्च यत्रुक्तम आयुर्वेद स उच्यते
[Ayurveda is the science] which deals with what constitutes
happiness, unhappiness, wholesomeness, and unwholesomeness.
Ayurvedic Medicine is an ancient medical system that originated in what is today modern-day India about 5,000 years ago. It is considered one of the three points on a triangle which promotes “wholesomeness”, connected with Yoga, an eight-limbed path of spiritual discipline of which physical Hatha yoga practice is one, and Jyotish, Vedic Astrology, which utilizes moon signs rather than the sun signs of the Zodiac system to chart a person’s spiritual life. Though primarily practiced in India its use has also spread to various other countries around the world.
The word “Ayurveda” consists of two words: ayu, meaning “longevity” or “life”, and veda, meaning ”knowledge” or”science.” ”Ayurveda”, the “science of life”, is utilized to improve quality of life. Its focus is not only holistic, linking the health of body, mind, and spirit, but is detailed in recognizing symptoms of imbalance at a very early stage. According to Ayurved there are seven stages of illness and a trained Ayurvedic practitioner can note an illness in its very early stages, thereby “buying time” before it has already been stolen.
Once a patient has been re-balanced in health an Ayurvedic practitioner will advise the individual in proper lifestyle and diet suited to his or her individual needs. In Ayurved, an individual is guided and receives therapy based off of his or her unique constitution and factors that are imbalanced. These conditions vary from person to person and it is the job of an Ayurvedic practitioner to recognize this, building a comprehensive and individualized therapeutic plan for the patient.