Ayurveda is an Indian system of medical treatment that has evolved over millenniums. Culled from ancient Vedic literature and refined through centuries of painstaking practice, Ayurveda is the synthesis of human knowledge about various physical and mental ailments that afflict mankind, and the herbal based preventive/remedial options available to combat them.
Ayurveda is literally the combination of two Sanskrit words: Ayu meaning Life, and Veda meaning Knowledge. Like every great body of knowledge, the origin of Ayurveda is lost in hoary history. For the wise men who devoted their entire lives to the study of life sustaining medicines, Ayurveda was not about defying death. Rather it was about prolonging youth and keeping diseases at bay.
Ayurveda is a living growing body of knowledge, which promotes positive health, natural beauty and long life. What differentiates Ayurveda from other systems of medicines is its very approach to treatment. Taking a holistic view, an Ayurvedic practitioner treats the patient - body, mind and soul - rather than the disease, and aims at restoring the natural harmony and balance of the individual. Herbal remedies, external therapies, diet control, yoga, meditation and life style adjustments form part of the Ayurvedic package.
Ayurveda considers the vitiation of the Vatha, Pitha and Kapha doshas as the root cause of all ailments, and the restoration of their balance as the only effective treatment. Toxins accumulate in the body as a result of various metabolic activities. It is necessary to eliminate these toxins from the body in order to maintain the functioning of its different systems and to stay healthy. This elimination is achieved through a process called Panchakarma.