Ayurveda is known to have existed 5000 years ago, and is generally considered by many scholars and historians as the oldest living system of medicine and health care in the world. As the “science of life”, the focus of Ayurveda has always been on creating a balanced, vibrant state of healthy mind, body and spirit: life lived with vitality, expanded awareness and in harmonious relationship with the environment, the laws of nature and the cosmos, and our fellow beings on our beautiful planet.
Ayurveda has much to offer modern medicine, which, despite its remarkable achievements, sometimes lacks this holistic perspective. This state of total health can be achieved through a vast array of preventative and rejuvenative teachings and practices of Ayurveda: lifestyle and dietary recommendations, herbal tonics, detoxification regimens, exercise methods such as yoga postures, meditation and more. Whether for prevention, healing or rejuvenation, all of these are individually tailored for maximum benefit, according to a person’s prakruti or individual constitution. This is perhaps the greatest contribution of Ayurveda to the field of medicine.