Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word and compound of ‘āyus’ meaning life and of ‘veda’ meaning knowledge. It is a science of holistic healing and focusses on attaining the balance of an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual state through the combination of food and lifestyle choices.
The primary philosophy of Ayurveda is to address the root cause of the health concern rather than removing the symptoms. Herbal medication, treatment, and healthy lifestyle form as essential part of Ayurvedic prescription.
In Ayurveda, all bodily functions and parts of the body are believed to be composed of five basic elements of the Earth, Fire, Space, Water, and Air. These five elements interact with each other to result in three predominant physical energy forms called The Doshas, which also describes a person’s physiological and psychological set-up. Know your constitution here.