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AUGUST 29, 2012

Ayurveda In Simple Terms

Posted by Dorothy under Community Interests, Philosophyno responses

Ayurveda is a system of healing that originated in ancient India. In Sanskrit, ayus means life or living. The meaning of life in the ayurvedic context differs from the usual meaning of lifespan in terms of age. It actually relates to prana which is energy or life force which is vital in living beings. Therefore in order for us to sustain a good circulation of prana, we need to ensure the health and balance of the 4 factors being: body, mind, senses and soul. Veda means knowledge and vedic knowledge is enshrined in fourteen sacred texts. To sum it up, ayurveda has been defined as the “knowledge of living” or the “science of longevity.”

According to the original texts, the goal of Ayurveda is prevention as well as promotion of the body’s own capacity for maintenance and balance. Therefore the approach taken by ayurvedic physicians is to seek to discover the roots of a disease and eliminate it, allowing genuine healing to take place. Ayurvedic treatment is non-invasive and non-toxic, so it can be used safely as an alternative therapy or along-side conventional therapies.

Ayurvedic medicine utilizes diet, detox and purification techniques, herbal and mineral remedies, yoga ( which includes asanas, breathing exercises and meditation ), massage therapy, hygiene and living habits as holistic healing methods. Ayurveda is widely practiced in modern India and has been steadily gaining followers in the West & the rest of the world.

**Article courtesy of Ambong-Ambong Retreat Centre – Ayurveda Retreats

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