Ayurveda is the world’s oldest healthcare system and the word itself is derived from Sanskrit, meaning the science of life. Our own greeting in Sri Lanka, Ayubowan, is in fact a wish of good health to each other. It was first known to originate from India and was then passed on to Sri Lanka as well, the island deriving her own variation of the healing craft.
As a concept Ayurvedic medicine is all about taking a holistic approach, encompassing and striving to create harmony between the mind, body and soul. It is the belief that maintaining this balance is key to preventing and healing illnesses and ailments.
To date over 90% of India’s population alone use some form or another of Ayurvedic therapy and also follow its dietary principles either by seeking out professionally trained practitioners or practicing remedies passed down from family to family over the generations. Ayurveda is a practice that’s in-grown into the knowledge and understanding of people from our part of the world.
As opposed to Western medicine, Ayurveda doesn’t function on the basis that one form of medication suits all. Instead its regimens and cures and tailor made to each person, taking into account his or her nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene and even social factors such as lifestyle and human interaction. The correct remedy for the individual aims to achieve a sense of robust physical health, as well as mental & spiritual harmony.
The concept of Ayurveda has a very rich history dating as far back as 5000 years as recorded in the ancient Hindu texts, the Vedas. We still seek out Ayurveda solutions in our daily lives as well irrespective of us primarily turning to western options. Remember that the next time you take Pas Panguwa for the flu.