Ayurveda, which means the 'Science of Longevity' is a vast medical system that has existed for thousands of years. It is a holistic science that has been refined over generations and takes into account the spiritual, psychological, emotional and physical aspects of the human being. It seeks the optimal health of the individual through the prevention as well as removal of disease when present and aims to help one flourish according to their own nature.
Digestion is of core importance to our health and in Ayurveda the functioning of our digestive system is understood as the root of all disease. This is a central belief in all the Eastern Medicine traditions that the modern West is realising more and more.
Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, is free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. Ayurveda views illness as caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person's body and mind back into a healthy balance.
Although Ayurveda can be used to alleviate various conditions, it is founded on the principle of preventing disorders in the long term rather than waiting for problems to manifest themselves. Thus it is the ideal way for healthy individuals to maintain good health and general well being.
With a few small changes to a person's daily life, it is possible to live the Ayurvedic way and reap the benefits. Ayurveda is certainly not intended to replace modern medicine, but rather to give people the tools to treat their body according to its needs, leading to emotional and mental well being and good health.