Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine that originated in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. The word "Ayurveda" is derived from the Sanskrit words "Ayur" (life) and "Veda" (knowledge), which together mean "the science of life." Ayurveda views each individual as a unique combination of the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether) and emphasizes the importance of maintaining balance and harmony within the body, mind, and spirit.
The core principle of Ayurveda is to prevent illness and promote health by understanding and balancing an individual's unique constitution or doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). Ayurvedic treatments include herbal remedies, dietary adjustments, cleansing therapies (Panchakarma), Yoga, meditation, and lifestyle practices. Ayurveda focuses not only on curing diseases but also on promoting overall well-being and longevity.