What is Ayurveda ?
Ayurveda is the oldest art of healing in medical history still practiced today. It originated in India, and it was handed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. In the course of its history, Ayurveda did not only have a large influence on the medical approaches in the Asian region.
We know that Hippocrates, the most important representative of ancient Greek medical science, practiced medicine in close conformity with the scientific principles of Ayurveda. His influence went far beyond the borders of Greece and it has impacted Western medical thinking up to the present time.
The “Hippocratic oath” worded by him still contains the ethical guiding principles of the pure medical profession, which all doctors in modern medicine are committed to. Medicine in Ancient Egypt was significantly influenced by Ayurveda, among others. Ayurveda was also the basis for the traditional Chinese medicine still practiced today.
Due to political and social changes, there were ups and downs in the history of Ayurveda medicine – times when it flourished and times when a lot of the ancient knowledge was all but lost. The big medical prophets originally worded comprehensive medical knowledge in their outstanding intuitive manner which considered man in an inseparable unity with nature and the universe.
Outstanding doctors in India have retained this unadulterated medical knowledge – frequently on the basis of an uninterrupted family tradition – and to this day follow this holistic approach in its original intention. Due to our present Zeitgeist however, many practitioners only apply parts of their knowledge and follow a symptoms-oriented approach.
A lot has been lost from the original holistic approach, primarily in practical applications.
For this reason, the most well-known and leading experts of Ayurveda have joined forces with western doctors to re-examine the sources of knowledge, to highlight the timelessly applicable healing principles of this holistic natural medicine, and to re-word them as well as to teach them in a modern manner.
This initiative goes back to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and is thus referred to as Maharishi Ayurveda. Maharishi acted on behalf of and with the support of the traditional guardians of Vedic knowledge, and for decades he has tried to make clear that this source of knowledge lies in man himself and can be experienced spontaneously and without any effort by the age-old practice of meditation.
Today this technique is known by the name of transcendental meditation, and it is considered the most effective and best-proven method in scientific terms, compared to other relaxation and meditation methods.