Ayurveda is not just a medical science, but a way of life. Its origin can be traced back to the beginning of mankind. This ancient science has stood the test of times and has emerged as one of the most reliable choices for health and wellness. Ayurveda believes in addressing the root cause of the problem and not just at reducing the symptoms. The Loka Purusha Saamya Siddhanta of Ayurveda believes that the universe and the human body are composed of similar elements, and hence any imbalances can be treated by products of nature itself. Thus, considering it merely as a science for superficial treatment is incorrect, as Ayurveda is way more than that.
The prime focus of Ayurveda is to maintain the healthy state of the human body. We can find tremendous information about it in the classical texts of Ayurveda – The Charaka Samhita, The Sushruta Samhita, The Ashtanga Hridaya, etc. You can find almost all the information, right from the daily and seasonal regime to ideal food practices. The importance of the axiom – “Prevention is better than cure” is also conspicuously highlighted.
As a definition to health, Ayurveda states that an individual is in perfect health when the Three Doshas or senses of humor (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), along with Agni (digestion and metabolism), Dhatu (the organ systems), Mala Kriya (waste elimination) are in balanced state, known as the Sama Avastha. It also requires Aatma (Soul), Indriyas (the senses), and Manas (mind) to be in the state of Prasannata (tranquility). Any imbalances in any of these constituents lead to diseases, which can be cured by correcting the imbalances in these essential elements.