Ayurveda, the science of life
For the past decades, the word Ayurveda has become known to many people in the West, and they associate it with an 'alternative medicine that uses uncommon herbs'.
This opinion is only partially correct.
It is only alternative to what we call allopathic medicine, a science that is relatively young. Ayurveda is old, 6000 years old and the mother of Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicine, where our young, very young allopathic medicine finds it roots. In India, where Ayurveda comes from it has been their medicine for thousands of years until the English occupation. So it never was 'alternative'.
Then we focus on the word 'medicine' which is just a small part of Ayurveda. Ayurveda or 'knowledge of life' is a lifestyle and not limited to cure some ailments.
The primary goal of Ayurveda is to live in such a balanced way that you prevent disease. And only when you get out of balance, herbal medicine is used.
The secondary goal is to live as long and as happy as possible, and that makes Ayurveda an expert in rejuvenation therapies.
To prevent disease and to stay active and healthy at a high age, Ayurveda emphasises proper food, exercise, sleep, sex, relaxation all according to the place you live in, the season of the year, the season of your life. Ayurveda takes it knowledge out of nature itself and makes a study of all five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth. It offers a frame to apply this knowledge of the five natural elements into your daily life to reach your full human potential. Ayurveda teaches us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between nature, our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Typical for Ayurveda is that it is holistic, natural and customised for each individual
How I discovered Ayurveda