Ayurveda, translated from Sanskrit (a language from which many Indian languages are derived), means the 'Science of Life'. It's a traditional holistic healing science with roots in India. By "traditional" we mean it's been around for around 5000 years. To give that context, that's around the same time when Hieroglyphic writing in Egypt started to be used. Yep, it's old.
But what exactly is Ayurveda? We'll let Ayurveda practitioner Dr Sandhya V, practicing at SPA Kerala, tell you more about it (quick summary below).
Here’s a quick summary of the video:
AyurFit:For those who don’t know, briefly, what is Ayurveda?
Dr Sandhya: Ayurveda is ‘the Science of Life’. It teaches you how to lead your life healthily and happily. Based on the specific prakruti/ humour of the individual, Ayurveda provides a detailed daily routine depending on the time of day, season and an individual's age. Following these principles ensures good health, however, if someone were to fall sick, Ayurveda helps to deal with those issues too!
"Ayurveda is the maintenance of one’s holistic health through both the prevention and treatment of different illnesses. - Click to Tweet
A: According to Ayurveda, what is “healthy”?
Dr: When we’re talking about "healthy", we are talking about the mind, body, i.e. the five sense organs, and the soul being in balance and in peace. With respect to the body, Ayurveda considers your five sense organs primarily because what a person sees, hears, smells, tastes or touches impacts the formation of a person’s psyche. There’s the physical psyche and then the mental psyche. In Ayurveda, only if the mental and physical psyche, or consciousness, is in harmony can a person be called "healthy".
"In Ayurveda only if the mental and physical psyche, or consciousness, is in harmony can a person be called “healthy”. -