“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.” • Shubhra Krishan, Author of Essential Ayurveda This well-said quote is warmly accepted by people in India who wish to gain the benefits of Ayurveda. An ancient medicinal form, Ayurveda was developed during the Vedic times about 5000 years ago. Ayurveda-An Insight The word Ayurveda basically consists of two words; Ayur and Veda. ‘Ayur’ stands for life, while ‘Veda’ suggests science. It literally means the ‘science of life’. It is not a medicinal system; it is much more than that. It won’t be wrong to call Ayurveda a way of life. The Science of Healing Unlike other medicinal systems, this age-old system deals with physical, mental and spiritual health. Governed by the laws of nature, Ayurveda suggests that health can be acquired by establishing a perfect harmony among mind, body and soul. According to this old science of healing, our body is made of five elements-earth, water, fire, space and air. Three biological humors govern the functional aspects of any individual’s body. Ayurveda medicines are prepared using traditional process at home with little mechanization, which is used for large-scale production. This way, the therapeutics contains the active principles in natural forms, which heal the patients from within. While prescribing Ayurvedic treatment to a person, the physical, mental and emotional well-being is also considered. The Ayruvedic medicines usually come in the form of powder, decoctions, tablets and medicated oils, prepared using natural herbs, minerals and plants.