The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge).
Ayurveda is science of long life, ayurvedic medicines (ayuveda) are medical system that deals not only with body (sharira) but also with mind (mana) and spirit (aatma) as well.
According to Ayurveda- any physiological and pathological change in body are caused by imbalance in three different doshas: Vata,Pitta and Kapha.
Fundamental aim of ayurvedic medicines is to restore balance between these three major body systems. Imbalance of any factor has to be treated by opposite factor .
- Vata-energy of movement (neurological activities)
- Pitta-energy of metabolism, digestion and transformation (hormonal and enzymatic activity)
- Kapha-energy of lubrication (secretory activities)
As we know, Ayurveda is oldest science of life. It has played a highly complementary role in the spiritual evolution and maintainance of physical well being and virality. Ayurveda system helps to maintain health in person by using inherent principles of nature to bring the individual back to equilibrium. Thus, Ayurveda brings to life concepts of preventive health care and health promotion.