We live in an era governed by contradictions. On one hand, never before has there been so much progress in medical science, chemistry and the knowledge of cellular structure of the human body. On the other, never before have so many physical and mental illnesses existed, specifically in the areas in which medicine has progressed.
A simple observation of our daily environment shows us that stress invades our lives more extensively than ever before. Psychosomatic illnesses are constantly increasing and becoming evident in more and more people and in younger age groups. The result of this is a need for a different approach to health which, without ignoring the beneficial elements of modern medicine, embodies principles from traditional forms of medicine in order to increase our awareness and understanding of the elements that contribute to health and illness.
‘Ayurveda’ means the knowledge and science of life. Initially, it was a verbal tradition passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation. The first written texts appeared approximately 3000 years ago in India and its philosophy expands the principles which govern man in relation to the universe. Its teachings are based on the central idea that if these principles are followed, one is able to maintain a balanced state of health. It encapsulates the concepts of spirit, mind and body, the environment and the human being, materials and energy, diet and personality, in a practical and holistic approach to the health problems we face today.