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Thursday, December 27, 2007

What is Ayurveda ?

Ayurveda literally means “The Science Of Life” . It is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is presently practiced by millions of people in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and worldwide.

The word Ayurveda
"Ayurveda" is a tatpurusha compound of the word āyus meaning "life", "life principle", or "long life" and the word veda, which refers to a system of "knowledge".
“Health”, according to Ayurveda, is not merely the freedom from diseases. A person is to be treated as healthy only when his mind, sense, organs and the soul are in the state of perfect of equilibrium to endow happiness. In addition, the body should be free from diseases.
Ayurveda lays a lot of emphasis on the prevention and cure of diseases. Therefore several therapeutic measures both for patients and healthy persons are prescribed in this system of medicine.

Functions of Ayurveda
1. Preservation and promotion of positive health
2. Prevents diseases
3. Cures diseases.

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