Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (life) and Veda (science or knowledge): it translates to knowledge of life. Based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness, Ayurveda encourages lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to recover a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.
Ayurveda treatment begins with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation.
The concepts of universal interconnectedness, the body’s constitution (Prakriti), and life forces (doshas) are the primary basis of ayurvedic medicine. Goals of treatment aid the person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing disease resistance, reducing worry, and increasing harmony in life.