Over the last few days, we’ve been looking at some of ayurvedic remedies for very diverse ailments. We know that ayurvedic remedies are often a hit with those who keep to natural remedies, and we know that they can solve hundreds of health problems, from weak eyesight to acne scars. But what exactly is ayurvedic medicine? The answer that you’re most likely to hear is that ayurvedic remedies are traditional Indian healing techniques. And while that’s certainly true, there is so much more to ayurveda that cannot be attributed simply to its age and geographic origin. To learn more about ayurvedic medicine and why so many people trust its ancient regimens, here’s an article by the University of Minnesota:

Ayurvedic Remedies

What is Ayurvedic medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine evolved in India, and is considered to be the world’s oldest healthcare system. It is named for the Sanskrit word Ayurveda, meaning the “science of life.”

If that sounds like an all-encompassing definition, it is. Ayurvedic medicine is entirely holistic. Its adherents strive to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, maintaining that this balance prevents illness, treats acute conditions, and contributes to a long and healthy life.

Ayurvedic medicine (also known as Ayurveda) is India’s primary healthcare system. More than 90 percent of the continent’s population use some form of Ayurvedic therapy, including following its dietary principles, practicing traditional or “grandma’s medicine,” or seeking professional help from trained Ayurvedic practitioners. In the United States, Ayurveda is considered a complementary healthcare option, with many Americans employing Ayurvedic elements such as massage,meditation, or cleansing therapies.

What is the Ayurvedic perspective?

Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakriti (Ayurvedic constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements.

Daily routines, called dincharya, and seasonal regimens, called ritucharya, are recommended. Following these individualized plans help users of Ayurveda attain robust physical health, as well as mental and spiritual harmony.

You may choose to use the ayurvedic remedies that work best for your family’s common ailments, without much thought to the philosophy behind this natural healing system. And they’re sure to work just as well under such circumstances. But you may also find that a great understanding of the system through its unique context and origins may introduce you to other helpful ayurvedic practices, such as meditation and massage therapy.