Ayurveda is an ancient medical science which has its roots in India and the origins of which are traced back to the Vedas, that are the world’s oldest classics available. The Vedas are the Indian ancient books of science and knowledge. They consist of scientific as well as practical information on various different subjects that are beneficial to humanity, such as philosophy, engineering, astrology, health and so on.
It can be said that Ayurveda is the only independent ancient scientific organization of medicines. However, in the medieval period, this system was faced by sheer neglect in the possession of the foreign rulers. Some of the authentic scriptures were destroyed in these times. Even in these turbulent times, Ayurveda continued its contribution towards the health of people because of its safe and effective herbal remedies as well as easy available ingredients in nature. Ayurveda is endowed with soundness, sufficiency and sustenance so it could survive through the ages.
The term Ayurveda consists of two words, that is Ayu and Veda. Of which, Ayu means life and the term Veda means science or knowledge. It is a science which provides holistic healing. So the word Ayurveda literally means the science of living or the science of life. According to these scripts, life is a combination of mind, body, senses and soul. So the definition of which does not just limit itself with the physical aspect of health, but also the mental, and spiritual health.
Following are the basic principles of Ayurveda: according to which, in this universe, everything is composed of five basic elements. Not just the universe, but also the human body and soul is made up of these five basic elements. And those five basic elements are as follows:
The earth is also known as Prithvi, Water is also known as alpha, Fire also known as Tejas, Air also known as Vayu, and Space also known as Akash.
There are many Ayurvedic destinations in the county, a lot of Ayurveda tours are organized to these places, where holistic healing are performed, Kerala is the most popular of all. People visit these centres to take a break from the materialistic world and to get in touch with their spiritual side as well as to get benefits of the holistic and completely natural healing of mind, body and soul. Words like spirituality and soul may sound outdated in the modern materialistic world, but it’s a fact that this same modern world is the reason behind all the mental tension, anxiety and unrest that is being created in all of us. That is also because somewhere down the line, some parts of our body don’t get properly nourished, and those parts are our soul and inner self. A balance needs to be maintained between spiritualism as well as materialism. In this situation Ayurveda comes into the picture, as it has been practising the theory of balance since ages, and according to which disease is a state of imbalance whereas, health is a state of balance.