Ayurveda started as an oral tradition some 5000 years ago in India. This tradition was first documented in the Rig Veda.
Ayurveda ( Ayur= Life, Veda= Knowledge) is quite simply, Life Knowledge!
It aims to help us lead a life where Mind, Body and Spirit stay in a State of Balance, with each other and with the Environment.
Ayurveda believes Disease is caused when Life Balance is disturbed. Disease is expelled by the restoration of that Balance.
This holistic healing system therefore does not work on the symptoms of a disease. It goes to root causes- trying to understand why an individual has lost physical, mental or emotional balance.
This is why in Ayurveda each person needs a different line of treatment. The cause of each person’s imbalance is unique. So, necessarily,the Ayurvedic intervention too is unique to each individual.
Ayurveda does not create dependence. Its goal is to help each person attain, a Balanced Way of Life and the ability to correct imbalances when they occur. The way to do this is through knowledge and altered behavior.
This is why part of the Ayurvedic practitioner’s healing effort is to counsel and teach the people who come to him for healing.