Ayurvedic medicine is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ayurveda is the name given to the knowledge developed in India more than 7 thousand years ago, becoming one of the oldest therapeutic systems of mankind.
The word Ayurveda is composed by two parts: Veda and Ayur. Veda means Science, Knowledge or Wisdom and Ayur means life. We have different translations of the term Ayurveda in western literature such as "Science of Life", "Science of Longevity", "Knowledge of Life", among others.
Ayurvedic Medicine is India's official medicine and has spread throughout the world as an effective unconventional technique. The AYUSH Ministry (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy) is responsible for the regulation, spread and promotion of these medicines inside and outside India. In Portugal it is practiced mainly by therapists and technicians.
Ayurveda is a system developed by the ancient Sages of India (Rishis), which passed
from generation to generation based on millennial texts called Vedas. It is a Science
and Art of living that, through unconventional therapies, helps achieve longevity
through physical and psychic balance.
The disease, for Ayurveda, is much more than the manifestation of unpleasant
symptoms, dangerous to the maintenance of Life. Ayurveda, as therapy, believes that
the disease begins long before it reaches the stage where it manifests itself.
Ayurveda is based on the five basic elements of nature (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether).
The combination of these five elements forms three basic biotipologies, called Doshas:
Vata (Air + Ether)
Pitta (Fire + Water)
Kapha (Water + Earth)
Through the determination of Dosha and existing imbalances, the ayurvedic therapists recommend a therapy which may include:
Daily Routine -
Medicinal plants -
Yoga therapy -