Translation: Ayus – Life Veda – Art/Science/Knowledge
Ayurveda; commonly translated as “the science of life” is a comprehensive system of health knowledge based on universally observable principles of nature. These same principles reflect advances in theoretical biology, which involve quantum physics, system theories, subtle energy theories and is also being validated in the latest findings in psychoneuroimmunology and current evidence based research.
This medical system has been practised throughout the Indian sub-continent as far back as 3500 years and has been extremely well documented in all relevant aspects such as biochemical nutrition, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and therapeutics as well as herbal and mineral pharmacology.
Ayurveda uses the intelligence inherent in nature to restore and maintain the subtle balance of mind, body and sense organs to promote a state of wellbeing and optimal health.
Definition of Ayurveda
That (science) is designated as Ayurveda where advantageous and as well as happy and unhappy (states of) life along with what is good and bad for life, its measurement and life itself are described. (Caraka Samhita, Sutra.1:41)
Ayurveda is the knowledge of that which brings happiness and suffering and knowing how to discern one from the other in order to make the right choices in all areas of our life experience.
Definition of health according to Ayurveda
Sama dosha samaagnis ca sama dhatu mala kriya
Prasannaatmendriya manah svatha ityabhidhiyate
One who is established in self with balanced dosha’s balanced digestion and metabolism, properly formed tissues, proper elimination of wastes, well functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss, is called a healthy person. Sushruta Samhita, 600 BC