Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of medicine. Its historical roots are in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and date back more than 4,500 years. Initially passed down orally, the earliest written texts are roughly 3,000 years old.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on five elements (water, earth, fire, air, ether) and has aspects in common with Tibetan and Chinese medicine.
Ayurveda is a system of medicine equivalent to conventional medicine. Although in some ways diametrically opposed to the latter, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes Ayurveda as a method of healing. According to Ayurveda, the foundation of human life is the unity of body, mind and soul. If the body is suffering, the mind and soul will suffer too. This unity of body, mind and soul is largely disregarded by conventional medicine, the focus being on the disease rather than on the person as a whole. As a result, conventional medicine is often helpless, especially when facing chronic diseases. Conventional medicine accomplishes miraculous outcomes in emergency situations, accidents, surgeries and acute medicine. But when it comes to analyzing the cause of complaints and illnesses, Ayurvedic medicine offer a phenomenal treasure trove of knowledge to support us.