Ayurveda is one of the most ancient systems of health sciences, originated in India around BC 3000 and is practised throughout India. It is based on sound fundamental principles and follows unique approaches towards life, preservation of health and treatment of various diseases. In contrast to the analytical approach of western medicine, Ayurveda adopts a holistic approach to life and health. It defines health as a state of comprehensive equilibrium of all bodily functions whether it is physical or mental. Ayurveda emphasises on "health" more than "disease", and always advocates to restore the health of a patient as the means to eliminate the disease.
In the treatment of a patient, Ayurvedic physician is more concerned with the elimination of the cause of the disease and a suitable life style and diet for the patient. The use of drugs and medicaments has only a subsidiary place in an Ayurvedic prescription. In contrast, the western modern medicine is a drug and disease-oriented system. Ayurveda mostly uses natural herbal products as medicines, which are both bio-friendly and eco-friendly. By way of its holistic approaches and safe unique natural medicaments Ayurveda is very popular now a days throughout the world.
Another specialty is that most of the Ayurvedic massages and treatments can be used for the diseased people as well as the healthy people. In the diseased it cures the disease and in healthy people the same treatment helps in preserving the health.