Sanskrit term derived from the roots
'ayur' (life) and 'veda' (knowledge)
THE SCIENCE OF LIFE
It guides many facets of health to create a complete way of life - diet, exercise, living conditions, medicine and behaviours - that are beneficial or harmful to life.
Widely regarded as the oldest system of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate science of natural healing which originated in India 5,000+ years ago.
According to Ayurveda, the entire range of experience in life is determined by the degree of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Restoring this balance, which is naturally present within everyone, through the removal of impurities and realignment with Natural Law, is the key to the healing process.
Ayurveda is a 'consciousness-based' approach to health because it enlivens the inner 'Dr. J.R. Raju, Hyderabad, India.smriti' (memory of health and wholeness deep inside). When this inner intelligence is fully awake, it restores health on all levels of the individual: mind, body, and emotions ~ even at the cellular level. "Smriti means memory...bringing back the memory of what you are...back to yourself. You have health in your physiology, in your memory, so just reminding you of what you are ~ establishing that in yourself is what's needed."
triggers catabolism / necessary deterioration process
function : movement (transportation)
regulates metabolism / digestion and absorption
function : metabolic (digestion)
responsible for anabolism / process of building up
function : lubrication (nourishment)