The term Ayurveda is a combination of two Sanskrit words, namely Ayush alluding to life and Veda meaning science. This health system concept is a culmination of thousands of years of understanding of the body’s interaction with nature and vice-versa; a plethora of knowledge that has then been passed down by gurus through books and practices.
Ayurveda does not view human health in parts but rather as a holistic state of equilibrium between body, mind and soul. Therefore, the aim here is to help an individual develop a form of relationship with life, find ways to manage this relationship in the best possible manner. That means creation of happiness not just on a personal but societal level.
Because Ayurveda doesn’t consider disease to be an isolated event, this ancient science tries neither to treat an affected organ nor specific symptoms. Instead it favours gradual treatment of different facets of a person such as hygiene, behaviour, food habits through careful selection of herbal prescriptions, massages and yoga.
Charaka Smahita, a comprehensive treatise in the field of Ayurveda defines how this life science discipline aims not to destroy a specific organism invading the body, but rather return the body’s immune system back to its original state so that it finds the best possible solution to dealing with the invaders.