The Himalayas are thought to be the original place where the Ancient Vedic Sages cognized the principles of Ayurveda in their deep and silent meditation. Since the beginning of recorded history, sages, healers, and spiritual seekers have come to the Himalayas seeking answers to the questions of the relationship between human beings and their environment, the means of promoting health, and of preventing and treating disorders and diseases. Ayurveda is the oldest system of health care in the world and is thought to have been in existence for over 5,000 years.
The ancient system of natural healing of Ayurveda has its origin in the traditional Vedic Culture of Nepal, India & South-East Asia. Ayurveda is a culture based health system and is being practiced and appreciated by every household in Nepal. Today we find a major resurgence of Ayurveda in its native lands and a developing interest throughout the world. The traditional health care systems of the present world have been strongly influenced by Ayurveda. Early Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicines have absorbed many concepts and practices originally described in the classical Ayurvedic medical texts, dating back thousands of years.
Ayurveda is the ‘Science of Life’ (Ayur=life, Veda=science or knowledge). This is a healing system that treats the person as a whole, taking into consideration the integration of body, senses, mind and spirit. It offers wisdom of life, with guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses. Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit - inner and outer harmony. As such, Ayurveda is much more than a mere system of treating illness.
Ayurveda takes holistic medicine a step further, treating people not as an isolated individual but as an inextricable part of the whole universe. In Nepal's ancient Vedic Tradition, there is perceived an underlying intelligence that flows through and connects everyone and everything in the universe. Ayurveda sees life as the exchange of energy and information between individuals and their extended body – the environment. If our environment is nourishing, we thrive; if our environment is toxic; we may become sick. Therefore, learning how to eliminate toxicity and surround ourselves with a healing environment is also a key to health.
We know that ongoing stress damages our immune system, and when the immune system is weakened, we are more vulnerable to disease and illness. We also know that when our mind experiences pleasure, our brain releases healing bio-chemicals throughout our entire body, creating feelings of happiness and well being, promoting health. The practice of Ayurveda helps to us to regain and maintain the vitality of the individual through a body-senses-mind-soul approach.
We know that ongoing stress damages our immune system, and when the immune system is weakened, we are more vulnerable to disease and illness. We also know that when our mind experiences pleasure, our brain releases healing chemicals to our entire body, creating feelings of happiness and well-being as well as promoting health. Thus, Ayurveda helps to regain the vitality of the individual through mind-body approach.