The term Āyurveda derives from Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) and more specifically from the union of two words Ayus and Veda.
The term Veda indicates knowledge while Ayus is for "life;" thus Āyurveda is a Science of the knowledge of life. Life is understood as a continuous interaction between the body, senses, mind and soul.
Āyurveda has four basic goals:
The term health/healthy in Sanskrit is Svastha, which literally means "establishment in oneself" or "in the condition proper to oneself."
Health is considered a natural condition of humans, while illness is seen as distancing from a normal condition.
Like all oriental sciences, Āyurveda has the goal of reaching a balance of the energies of the body and mind in their relationships with the environment.
The care techniques adopted by Ayurvedic Medicine are varied and differently articulated.
Ayurvedic treatments aim to re-balance the base energies (Dosha), helping to remove stress, and are deeply relaxing and regenerating.