Ayurveda is a complete, standalone system of medicine currently used by about a billion people globally. It originates from India where a large percentage of the population use it everyday. Ayurveda is the world’s oldest documented and longest continuously practiced health care system. Due to variability in historical accounts, an accurate start date cannot be determined, but most generally accept that Ayurveda has been in use for at least 3 to 5,000 years, and possibly much longer.
Today, Ayurveda is becoming popular in many “new” places, especially in the West, where demand is quickly growing for “Complementary and Alternative” approaches to health. Although closely tied to India geographically and culturally, Ayurveda is not limited by these ties. The last two to three decades have seen it expand in various forms to North and South America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Australia and parts of Africa. Some countries have already accepted it as a recognized form of healing and allow a modified version of to be practiced legally, like Switzerland.
Ayurveda offers complete healthcare that includes personalization, prevention and cure. It works like an owner’s manual for healthy living with complete instructions, guidelines and recommendations. It explain in detail how individuals can customize routine, diet, lifestyle and all health-influencing activities to best meet personal needs every day, every season, and every year of life.
Over the next few years, the science of Ayurveda will flourish thanks to a renewed interest and realization of its relatively simple, low-cost approaches to effectively prevent some of today’s most common diseases. Individuals will be able to recognize their own imbalances at the earliest stages and take immediate corrective action with targeted adjustments in diet, lifestyle activities, and self-care.