The name Ayurveda that refers to traditional medicine from the Indian subcontinent, comes from two derivative words of ancient Sanskrit: Ayur, which means life and Veda, knowledge. Also known as the science of life, it has its roots in the ancient Vedic culture of India from which Hinduism originated with a holistic approach to health that encompasses the body, mind and spirit.
In Vedic tradition, nature is seen as a manifestation of the five great elements: air, space, fire, water, and earth. Ayurveda interprets the world through the understanding of the qualities of these five elements. The constants are and always will be that air is light and irregular, space is expansive and empty, fire is hot and intense, water is fluid and soft, and earth is solid and heavy. Ayurveda sees all material existence in terms of the qualities of these five elements. Imbalance is thought to disturb health and general wellbeing whilst this holistic approach unifies the forces of the mind, body and spirit.
The products on sale here according to UK law are not classified as medicines but rather food supplements. The fact is that Ayurveda is not supported by big pharma so there is not a huge amount of work in the published medical literature, but the fact the both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have stood the test of time must be some measure of their efficacy.
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