What is Ayurveda?

The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge).

Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which is the world’s most ancient and powerful mind-body health systems.
The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine, as practised in India, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Many Ayurvedic practices predate written records and were handed down by word of mouth. Three ancient books known as the Great Trilogy were written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago.
The Ayurvedic approach is about aligning with the infinite organising power of nature rather than struggling or trying to force things to go your way. Harmonising more closely with the rhythms of nature and re-balancing our constitution through appropriate nutrition, herbs, exercise, relaxation and lifestyle choices together with Ayurvedic therapies, can help to restore health and prevent disease while improving our vitality and happiness. Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, is free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause rather than just the symptoms.