“Life is the union of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond.”
Ayurveda – The Indian secret of health and wellbeing
Ayurveda originates in India, where this traditional system of natural medicine is still considered sacred. Nowhere else does its regenerating mystery unfold as directly as in the light- and scent-flooded atmosphere of its country of origin. Because man and environment are, as Ayurveda always emphasizes, inextricably interrelated.
First class Ayurveda resorts in India offer a stylish and sophisticated ambiance in which one can feel relaxed and at ease. Stress-reducing and empowering applications combined with the expert diagnosis and advice of an experienced Ayurvedic doctor will give you a new feeling of being, day by day. A sense of well-being, dissociation and peace take hold.
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Ayurveda – The science of life
The term Ayurveda originates from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit and means “knowledge of life”. The Ayurvedic health system combines its basic concepts with the principle of a holistic lifestyle. It is based on an ecologically oriented world view, integrates spiritual wisdom and tries to balance the different levels of living. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of health are taken into consideration.
Harmony, balance, integrity, simplicity and well-being are among the fundamental principles of Ayurveda. The concepts of rejuvenation, detoxification and prevention are at the forefront of the treatment. The starting point is a person’s current state of health. Ayurveda uses principles that are simple and easy to understand in order to determine the individual base constitution and the disorders present therein. The subsequent therapy treats both at a physical and a psychological level. It relies primarily on herbs that are taken as individualized preparations and used in connection with applications such as massage, anointments on the forehead, skin packs or baths. Ayurvedic herbal medicine recognizes more than 11,000 medicinal plants. And mineral and animal substances are used as well.
In Ayurveda, it is believed that creativity, balance and happiness spring from one’s own consciousness. In this context, it is interesting to note that the individual is seen as being connected with the entire cosmos. In accordance with Indian philosophy, a conscious self resides in all things and beings. Only in the awareness of this inherent consciousness will the individual feel himself in harmony and unity with all elements in the universe.
The holistic healing process in Ayurveda also takes into account several levels, such as treatment of disease, preventive measures, building up vigor and vitality and development of consciousness. The treatment invariably improves the quality of life and bolsters resistance. Hence, in living conditions marked by crises, it can help the individual to deal better with stress and strain. Lasting success often also requires long-term changes in one’s lifestyle.
Mythological background – Healing art as a gift from the gods
In India, knowledge has been considered sacred for thousands of years, as all wisdom is seen as a gift from the gods. Hindu mythology portrays the complex symphony of the universe as the interplay of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the destroyer. In the process of the creation of the universe, Ayurvedic healing manifested itself as an illuminating ray of light in the consciousness of Brahma. The creator gave this enlightened knowledge to the world by inserting it as a medical section in the Atharvaveda. He then sent the “knowledge of life” to earth via the gods and the sages.
Revival of an age-old tradition
Ayurveda looks back on a long tradition. According to many scholars, it dates back more than 5000 years. For long periods of time, its knowledge was passed on by oral tradition alone. About 2000 years ago, the doctors Charaka, Sushrutha and Vagbhata laid down a detailed system of Ayurvedic medicine and medicinal plants in their respective works. These texts (Charaka Samhita, Sushrutha Samhita and Ashtanga Hridaya) are still among the standard works of Ayurvedic medicine. They nominate eight different areas of application: internal medicine, gynecology and pediatrics, otorhinolaryngology and ophthalmology, psychiatry, surgery, toxicology, health promotion, revitalization & sexual medicine.
With the emergence of Buddhism, Ayurveda flourished from 500 BC onwards, for almost fifteen hundred years. Throughout the country, hospitals and training centers were established. From 1000 AD onwards, it lost some of its importance in the wake of the Islamic conquests. This did not change with the advent of British colonial rule, since the medical engagement of the colonial rulers consisted mainly of academic medicine. It was only at the start of the 20th century that the Ayurvedic healing art was revived, as part of a return to traditional concepts.
Since the time of independence in 1947, Ayurveda has been officially recognized in India as an independent medical system. The traditional art of healing is taught at over 100 Indian universities and hospitals and practiced by more than 300,000 doctors. The tremendous success of Ayurveda in the West has also caused a tremendous boost in the land of its origin. Today, people from all the over world seeking rest and relaxation come to India to indulge in a traditional Ayurveda treatment.