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Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest surviving healthcare system in the world. Ayurveda, which means the “Science or Knowledge of Life,” originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It is a holistic system of knowledge, rooted in mysticism and ancient religion, that encompasses meditation, herbal supplements, and a balanced life. Currently, millions of people worldwide use it as their primary form of healthcare.
This ancient form of supplement and herbal science predates the development of all herbal supplement systems of the world. Unlike Western pharmaceutical chemicals and drugs, which treat the symptoms of disease, Ayurveda attempts to support the healthy function of the human body and address the cause of the disease or malady.
An Ancient Practice
The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed orally from teacher to disciple for thousands of years until it was set in writing in Sanskrit poetry in the Vedic texts. The Rigveda, which makes up one of these texts, is the oldest surviving book of any Indo-European language, and was written in approximately 3,000 B.C.
Another Vedic text, Sushruta Samhita, is an important Sanskrit text on medicine and was written around 600 B.C. It is one of the earliest major works detailing the study of medicine and surgery. It discusses surgical techniques such as cataract surgery and the Cesarean section.
There are many factors in today’s fast paced lifestyle, both internal and external, that have produced both emotional and physical stress for people, upsetting their natural balance. This has led to a wide array of health problems and psychological disorders.
Balance and health are the natural order; imbalance and disease are disorder. Ayurveda works to keep people healthy and to support mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being through unique blends of herbal extracts based on ancient formulations and practices.