The word Ayurveda is a combination of two sanskrit terms (Ayu = life or long-life, and Veda = system of science or wisdom), which together mean “the wisdom of life.” While Ayurveda is rooted in ancient India, its principles can be applied to all places and all times. In fact, the answer to almost any question in Ayurveda is “it depends” - on the person, the environment, the place, the time, etc. etc… The beauty and effectiveness of Ayurveda is that it is so individualized.
According to Ayurveda, all disease is a consequence of disharmony and imbalance. Thus, health is an ongoing process to maintain a dynamic harmony and balance in all aspects of life – including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Ayurveda recognizes that we are all interconnected to each other and to our environment, and thus it customizes natural therapies to suit the individual and to address the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual and social dimensions of life. The therapies are comprehensive by incorporating lifestyle changes – including daily routines and eating practices. Moreover, Ayurvedic treatments require participation of the individual to take responsibility for her own health and healing process.