India is the birthplace of Ayurveda. It is a holistic approach to health that includes soul, body and spirit. The practice of Ayurveda is widely spread in India and is an integral part of Indian culture.
The name "Ayurveda" finds its origin in Sanskrit; "Ayu" which means "life" and"Veda" which means "knowledge": the knowledge of life.
The principles of Ayurvedic medicine have been itemized in the Vedas over 2000 years ago, and its practice can be traced back hundreds of years.
Ayurveda postulates the existence of an intrinsic order and balance, composed of three dashas, namely three elements, air, fire and water. A deficiency or excess of either is liable to create an unbalance, hence allowing illness to develop.
Ayurvedic treatments aim to restore balance and foster good health, primarily through two methods; Panchakarma (internal purification) and herbal massage.
Most herbs used in Ayurveda grow in abundance in Kerala's wet climate, where each village has their own supply of Ayurvedic medication.