Ayurveda, the science of life or longevity, is the holistic
alternative science from India.
of five thousand years old. It is believed to be the oldest
healing science in existence and the foundation of all others. Buddhism,
Taoism, Tibetan, and other cultural medicines have many similar parallels
to Ayurveda. However, the secret of Ayurveda’s individualized healing
method has been preserved in India
up to present time.
Ayurveda evolved in the meditative
minds of seers of truth, the rishis.
This tradition was transmitted orally from teacher to disciple and later
becoming Sanskrit poetry. Much of this has been lost over time but still a
rich body of knowledge survives.
According to the rishis, everything
originates in Cosmic Consciousness, an energy manifested into five basic
elements: Ether (space), Air, Fire, Water, and Earth; the foundation of
Ayurvedic science. In the beginning, the world existed in an unmanifested
state of consciousness where the subtle vibration of the cosmic soundless
sound aum manifested. From that
vibration appears first the Ether element, which subtle movements created
the Air, or Ether in action, and produced friction, thus, generating heat.
The Fire element was manifested through these particles of heat-energy
combined with intensive light. Through the heat of fire Ether also
dissolved and liquefied forming Water, and then solidified into the Earth
From these Five Elements all matter is
born. From Earth all organic living bodies such as plants and animals,
including man, and inorganic substances such as minerals, were created.
At the heart of Ayurveda is its concept of
the three doshas, or the three different basic types of human
constitutions. From ether and air comes vata;
from fire and an aspect of water comes pitta,
and from water and earth comes kapha.
By the elements and doshas, we determine the basic nature of different individuals
and we established a line of treatment unique to their needs.
Ayurveda, a science of self-healing,
encompasses diet and nutrition, life-style, yoga, meditation, rest and
relaxation, and medicinal herbs, along with cleansing and rejuvenation programs
for healing body, mind, and spirit. Numerous additional therapies such as
Laya yoga (sound), colour and aromatherapy, and gem-therapy may also be