THE FIRST LIFE SCIENCE
Avurveda is a holistic system of medicine that is indigenous to and widely practiced in India.
The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning “science of life.”
Ayu means “life” or “daily living” and Veda is “knowing.”
Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedac world’s oldest extant literature. This healing system has been practiced in daily life in India for more than 5000 years.
Ayurveda teaches that man is a microcosm, a universe within himself.
He is a child of the cosmic forces of the external environment, the macrocosm.
His individual existence is indivisible from the total cosmic manifestation. Ayurveda views health and “disease “ in holistic terms, taking into consideration the inherent relationship between individual and cosmic spirit, individual and cosmic consciousness, energy and matter.
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, every human being has four biological and spiritual instincts: religious, financial. procreative and the instinct toward freedom. Balanced good healtn the foundation for the fulfillment of these instincts.
Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health, and the diseased person regain health. It is a medical-metaphysical healing life-science, the Mother of all healing arts.
The practice of Ayurveda is designed to promote human happiness, health and creative growth.
Through studying the teachings of Ayurveda, the practical knowledge of self-healing may be acquired by anyone. By the proper balance of all energies in the body, the processes of physical deterioration and disease can be impressively reduced. This concept is basic to Ayurvedic science: the capability of the individual
for self healing.