Philosophy

Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with the treatment of particular diseases but offers a complete way of life. This becomes clear when we see the meaning of life in Ayurvedic science. As mentioned above, Ayurveda is a science of life so to know more about it we must know what "life" is. According to Ayurveda, Life is a combination of senses, mind, body, and soul. Ayurveda is not limited to the physical body and its symptoms. It also gives a comprehensive knowledge about spiritual, mental and social health.

Balance Within—Creating a Healthy Self
According to Ayurveda, health is the state of balance and disease is the state of imbalance. The aim of Ayurveda is to create complete health — not just eliminate physical diseases. Ayurveda teaches that in order to become completely healthy one must know each and every part of one's self.

For example, a western doctor may give you aspirin for a headache, but a healer skilled in Ayurveda (maybe a doctor, maybe a grandmother), would offer physical, emotional, and spiritual advice.

"There is excessive heat in your liver because you are angry at your partner. This heat rises to your head and causes inflammation and pain, your headache. So,

  1. Drop your expectations of your partner and nurture your self-awareness;
  2. Open up and express how you feel about the problem and see if it is real;
  3. Cool and cleanse your liver with Gotu Kola, pranayama breathing exercises, and walking in nature".

This simplified example is a window into the vastness of Ayurveda. It is so vast that it is thought to take lifetimes to master. It also offers simple key principles for creating compassion and balance for individuals and society.

Balance Without—Creating a Healthy Society
Ayurveda aims to foster a happy, healthy and peaceful society. Modern society, education, and culture is chiefly materialistic. If material riches are "everything", why is it that so many of us are unhappy? The world is filled with unrest, anxiety, mental tension, fighting and terror, despite our best efforts to change. Ayurvedic science teaches that this is because our Body is not being properly nourished. Simply put, Ayurveda teaches that there has to be a proper balance between materialism and spiritualism.