Ayurveda: the knowledge of life
Thuli Whitehouse describes how the principles of ancient Ayurvedic practice are applicable to 21st century medicine
- By: Thuli Whitehouse
Ayurveda is a form of complementary medicine that originated in India. It has been practised for over 5000 years and is the oldest known system of medicine. To become an Ayurvedic physician, students must undertake a five year degree followed by an apprenticeship.
Ayurvedic medicine uses many forms of treatment including herbal remedies, diet modification, massage, and meditation. Other types of complementary therapy such as homeopathy, herbology, and naturopathy have their roots in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is more than a system of disease management; it is primarily a system for living day to day which is designed to help us live and eat in a way that prevents illness. With Ayurveda, it is assumed that each of us has a unique constitution, and this is our personal baseline for health. It therefore evaluates and manages each patient on an individual level. Thoughts, emotions, actions, diet, and external factors all affect an