What is Ayurveda? आयुर्वेद
Ayuveda is a term from Sanskrit: "Ayus" includes all aspects of life from birth death. "Veda" means learning or knowledge. Therefore, Ayurveda is „the knowledge of a healthy and long life“. It is one of the oldest medical sciences of the world and its origins date back as far as 8,000 years. The oldest written Ayurvedic records, the “Caraka Samhita”, which was written about 2,100 years ago by the physician Caraka is still considered to be the standard reference for all Ayurveda practitioners. It describes the entire medicine system ranging from anatomy, physiology, the causes of illness, examination-methods up to recommendations for appropriate behaviour and diet according to the individual constitutional types.
Being a natural, holistic healing method, Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of treating the cause of illness rather than its effects. Each patient is viewed as an individual and is actively integrated into the recovery process. Prevention and psychosomatics are basic elements of Ayurveda. Contrary to Western medicine, it works with a combination of different remedial attempts, which has proven to be the key to its success especially with chronic diseases. Therefore it fulfils the need of the modern people to be perceived as comprehensive beings much more so than any other healing method.