The word Ayurveda derived from Ayu and veda. Ayu means Life and Veda means science or knowledge. That means Ayurveda is the knowledge of the life or science of the life. Charaka defines “That science is designated as Ayurveda where advantageous and disadvantageous as well as happy and unhappy states of life along with what is good and bad for life, its measurement and the life itself are described” (Charaka Sutra 1-4).
Ayurveda represents a system of healing that has been perfected over more than five thousands years. It is South Asia’s ancient health care system based on herbs and diet. Ayurveda sees health and disease in holistic terms. It links the microcosm of the individual with the cosmos. It takes into account the relationship between energy and matter. This system of healing believes in treatment of not just the part affected by disease but the individual as a whole. It emphasizes on the harmony of mind, spirit and body to cure diseases. Moreover, the stress is on prevention rather than cure.