Ayurveda, meaning "The Science Of Life" in Sanskrit, is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. Originating in India more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurvedic knowledge is often called the "Mother of All Healing". It stems from the ancient Vedic culture, and was taught in an oral tradition for many thousands of years by accomplished masters to their disciples. The principles behind many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West, including Homeopathy, have their roots in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life... right thinking, diet, lifestyle, and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind, and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.
"Ahar (meaning dietary habits in Ayurveda) says that food eaten should have at least one of six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent," says Dr Rahul Dogra of the Kairali Ayurvedic Group, an institution that has been dedicated to Ayurvedic research and healthcare for over two decades. "The right foods promote sattva (purity), detox the body, and rejuvenate it as well, leading to an overall increase in immunity, physical and mental strength, and digestion."