Ayurveda FAQs

Q: What does Ayurveda mean?
A: Ayurveda (ah-yer-vey-duh) means “the science of life”.
It is the combination of two Sanskrit words Ayu which means “life” and veda which means “knowledge or science”.

Q: What is the Origin of Ayurveda?
A: Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas — the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that can help humans overcome various ailments.

Q: Is Ayurveda a religion?
A: Ayurveda is not a religion any more than yoga is a religion. They are spiritual sciences applicable to one’s journey regardless of religious faith. Both sciences support a person on their journey toward self-realization or the direct knowing of their nature as spirit or soul. Scriptural study, whether it comes from the East or West, illuminates this journey. – See more at: http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/drhalpern/Ayurveda_Spirituality_Meditation#sthash.BYhEynQh.dpuf

Q: What is the Ayurveda view of Health?
A: The Sanskrit word for health is Swastha.
Sama dosa samagni ca sama dhatu malakriyah/
Prasanna atma indriya manah svastha iti abhidhiyate//
(Susruta Su 15/38)
According to the ancient Ayurvedic text of Susruta, a healthy person is one who is established in self, who has balanced doshas (primary life force), balanced agni (digestive fire), properly formed dhatus (tissues), proper elimination of malas (wastes products), well-functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul, and senses are full of bliss.

Q: What is the Ayurveda view of Life?
A: According to the ancient Ayurvedic text Caraka.
Sarirendriya sattva atma samyogodhari jitvitam/
Nityagascyanubandhasca paryayai ayur utyucyate//
(Caraka Su 1/42)
“Body, senses, mind, and soul are the four components of life: without their constant connection life cannot exist.”

Q: Does what we eat affect our health? What do the experts say?
A: “We have long known that fully 80 percent of the current burden of chronic disease and premature death is preventable by applying lifestyle – including an optimized dietary pattern – as medicine.
You’re doing it wrong: The Paleo diet – DAVID L. KATZ, MD
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food”. Hippocrates

Q: Can my lifestyle make it easier to get well?
A: “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has”. – Hippocrates