Ayurveda is a traditional system of healing medicine and healthcare, that
has been practised in Indian subcontinent since 3000BC.
Ayurvedic doctors regard physical and mental existence together with
personality as a unit, each element having
the capacity to influence the others. One of the fundamental aspects of
ayurvedic medicine is to take this into
account during diagnosis and therapy.
Nevertheless, it is not an 'alternative medicine' - it doesn't aim to replace
the conventional medicine. On the contrary, it is based on the concept of
comprehensive medicine making use of everything that has revealed to
be of benefit to the human being. Moreover it supplements 'material
science' with aspects of spiritual science in order to assess the
individual as a whole entity. For instance, this may include physical body
features, personal history, behaviour, emotions, habits and many other
aspects besides - all of which determine an individual's personality.
Ayurvedic medicine therefore attempts to include the individuality of the
patient, as well as accepted features of an illness, in the treatments
For just as each person is unique, so is each treatment - even through
some may appear to apply to many people.
Even if, owing to their characteristic features, the same disease pictures
constantly recur, each illness manifests itself differently in each patient -
a manifestation inseperable from the uniqueness of the individual.
Ayurvedic medicine therefore aims to form a picture of the physical,
psychological, and personal circumstances that have paved the way for
an illness to take hold. Taking such factors into consideration during
diagnosis and therapy and re-applying the process to every new patient,
guided by scientific findings, medical experience, personal discernment,
and intuition, is fundamental to ayurvedic medicine.
Any medicine that ignores the person as an individual cannot claim to be
true human medicine.