The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word evolves from two words “Ayuh” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India. Ayurveda is a branch of Vedas. The Rig Veda and the Athar Veda are packed with information on various aspects of medical science.
In Ayurveda a person is viewed as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. The elements are Ether (space), Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements combine to make the doshas. Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as a unique makeup of the three doshas and design a treatment that is particularly offered for the individual.
It is based on the concept that the health is a fine balance between the mind, body and soul. Any imbalance in these elements can lead to poor health and sickness. A few examples of imbalance are as follow:
- State of mind
- Injuries (emotional or physical)
- Environment change (location or seasons)
- Birth defect
The prime focus in Ayurveda is prevention however, a treatment may be required in certain scenarios. In some countries Ayurveda is considered an alternative medicine.