Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means the science of life. It is believed to be the oldest system of medicine in the world beginning in ancient India around 1500 BC. It encompasses health in all its aspects, physical health, mental balance, spiritual well being, social welfare, environmental considerations, dietary and lifestyle habits as well as seasonal variations.
Ayurveda teaches respect for nature, appreciation of life and the means to empower an individual. It is holistic medicine.