What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda is a combination of two Sanskrit words, “Ayur” which means life and “Veda” which means knowledge.  Ayurveda is the understanding of our physical, mental and spiritual natures so we can experience optimal health. Health in Ayurveda is much more than the simple absence of physical disease; it also encompasses mental and emotional health and wellbeing.  The aims of Ayurveda are to maintain balance to prevent illness occurring and, when it does occur, to bring the body and mind back into balance and thus restore health.