The knowledge of life and longevity, Ayurveda, is perhaps the oldest existing body of knowledge on the healing system. This holistic and natural healing system was developed by highly evolved spiritual beings who not only addressed the problems of the body and mind but also of the human spirit and consciousness. This knowledge system, which is in perfect harmony with the Indian thought process and its origin, can be traced to the Vedas and does not aim to merely cure the disease syndrome. Instead, it looks to reharmonise the living body and restore it to its natural state of equilibrium.
Ayurveda goes far beyond being a mere system of medicine. It is a way of life, propounded specially for the upliftment of mankind. The original Ayurveda treatises give a comprehensive description of how to live ones life in tune with nature, free of disease and illness. Ayurveda gives a graphic account of how the living body is only a microcosm, that is nature and all elements that exist in the latter, are reflected in the living body.
This close interconnection with nature forms the basis for the indigenous thought process and this is the foundation on which all the theories,
principles and classifications of Ayurveda, are built. Ayurveda teaches that health is maintained by the balance of the three functional mechanisms; know as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. All Ayurveda treatments are designed to return these forces to a harmonious balance rather than treat what their imbalance manifests. Thus, it focuses on causes rather than symptoms. Since each individual has their own particular physiological constitution, Ayurveda treats the individual and not the disease. Such an approach has proved to be highly effective through the centuries and consequently, many Ayurvedic healing regimens have been adopted and refined by people all over the world.