Ayurveda, a Brief Introduction & Guide

What is Ayurveda?

Derived from the Sanskrit words Ayuh (life or vitality) and Vedah (knowledge), Ayurveda is a science that impacts all realms of human existence. The holistic practice of integrating the mind, body and spirit—and treating illness through diet, natural Ayurvedic herbs, and yoga make Ayurveda a way of life, rather than a “science of life”. In India, Ayurveda is part of everyday living. The Ashtaangahridaya a classical text written by sage Vaagbhata states that one who wants a long healthy life should adhere to Ayurvedic teachings.

The Role of Ayurvedic Medicine in the modern world.

According to data available in the World Health Organization (WHO) archives, an estimated 80% of the populations of certain Asian and African countries rely on Traditional Medicine (TM) for primary health care. If sizeable percentages among them approach Ayurveda for specialty/tertiary care in India, it is due to Ayurvedic medicine’s larger scope of application and efficacy.

1. Reference to be given below:
Ashtangahridaya, Sutrasthaana, Chapter 1, Verse 2