is the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world. Derived from
its ancient Sanskrit roots - ‘ayus' (life) and ‘ved' (knowledge) – and
offering a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life, its origins go
back nearly 5000 years. To when it was expounded and practiced by the same
spiritual rishis, who laid the foundations of the Vedic civilisation in
India, by organising the fundamentals of life into proper systems.
Though Ayurveda is the Indian System of medicine, it is much flourished and available in its purest form only in Kerala State. Awareness among people and easy availability of pure herbs are some of the reasons for this popularity in Kerala.
Ayurveda is not simply a
health care system but a form of lifestyle adopted to maintain perfect
balance and harmony within the human existence, from the most abstract
transcendental values to the most concrete physiological expressions.
Based on the premise that life represents an intelligent co-ordination of
the Atma (Soul), Mana (Mind), Indriya (Senses) and Sharira (Body). That
revolves around the five dense elements that go into the making of the
constitution of each individual, called Prakriti. Which in turn is
determined by the vital balance of the three physical energies - Vata,
Pitta, Kapha and the three mental energies - Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.