Ayurveda, known also as Ayurvedic medicine, is an ancient medical system that has its roots in India, and has been considered by many as one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world. In today’s society, Ayurvedic medicine is classified as a traditional, complementary, and/or alternative medicine. Ayurveda is not about curation. It’s about prevention and it’s prevention with a holistic lifestyle.
Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old philosophy based on a deep understanding about the human body as a whole, encompassing the mind, spirit, and emotions. It embraces medical science, philosophy, psychology as well as astrology and astronomy. Yoga and meditation, now widely embraced by westerners, are both key parts of Ayurveda. However, one does not need to subscribe to the spiritual beliefs on which it is based in order to benefit from it.
This is the right time. When there’s a high consciousness in society about healthy living and prevention. This is a good time for us to go back to our roots and see what strengths are there and combine it with efficacy and Western science.
Nevertheless, it is a widely used form of medical care in some parts of the world. In India, for example, it has been estimated that the majority of its population (more than 90%, according to one source) uses Ayurvedic medicine either exclusively, or in conjunction with conventional (Western) medicine.