The Sanskrit term Ayurveda translates literally as ‘the science of life’. More than 5000 years old, it is the oldest, most comprehensive medical system in the world and has eight main branches that range from internal medicine and psychology through to paediatrics and surgery.
Ayurveda is primarily concerned with the cultivation of awareness and practices that enhance digestion and metabolism (Agni), reduce the build-up of undigested or poorly digested food toxins in the body (Ama), strengthen the immune system (Ojas) and keep the body and mind peaceful (Sattva) – to stop the onset of disease and maintain optimal health. It teaches us how to view our bodies as a reflection of nature and how to live with better balance and harmony. This ancient wisdom and knowledge is more relevant today than ever before and is the source of a number of modern treatments and healthcare approaches.
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