Ayurveda is an intricate system of healthcare that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It is believed to be oldest healing science in existence, forming the foundation of all others.
Ayurveda was conceived and developed by vedic yogis and natural scientists through centuries of observations, experiments, discussions, and meditations. For several thousand years their teachings were passed on orally from teacher to student; and around the fifth to sixth century BC, elaborately detailed texts were written in Sanskrit.
Manuscripts are in evidence from the Atharva-Veda, one of several Vedas (meaning "knowledge"), dating back to approximately 1500 BC) and they contain detailed medical information, upon which Ayurvedic medical practice is based on. Ayurvedic manuals were written by Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata that give detailed descriptions of the various practices. Charaka listed 500 hundred remedies and Sushruta over 700 vegetable medicines.
In India today, Ayurvedic practitioners now receive state-recognised training in parallel to their physician counterparts. What’s more, there is now a rapidly developing global drive to prove that methods such as Ayurveda can work alongside general medical practice and offer the user a natural, safe and beneficial alternative.
Modern scientific research is fast proving that Ayurveda, the science of life, and Yoga, the science of self realisation, can have a far-reaching impact on both the physiological and psychological causes of many health complaints. Published studies have documented reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and reaction to stress in individuals who practice Ayurvedic treatment and lifestyle methods.
Laboratory and clinical studies on Ayurvedic herbal preparations and other therapies have shown them to have a range of potentially beneficial effects for preventing and treating infectious disease, treating diabetes, relieving structural problems, promoting health, reducing the signs of aging – and much more. Recently, it was revealed that the famous Ayurvedic medicine Triphala has been found to have anti-cancer properties.
The past 50 years has seen a rapid growth in Ayurveda, after being put on the back-burner for well over a century. Western advocates such as Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, David Frawley and Atreya Smith have helped to catapult Ayurveda into the Western spotlight but the journey hasn’t ended there. In India, not only does Ayurveda run parallel to western medicine, but the solutions it offers is now provided by medical GPs, hospitals and pharmacies, who are increasingly turning to Ayurvedic methods to deliver effective patient treatment protocols. The coming years will be a defining point for Ayurveda to have the same impact on a global scale.
Around the UK specifically, Ayurvedic centres have tripled in number over the last 10 years, and AYUSPA is proud to have the longest successful history having been around since 2002. Having consulted over 13,000 individuals and performed over 750,000 treatments - all without the need for chemical and synthetic drugs - AYUSPA is leading the way in genuine Ayurvedic healthcare provisions.
The work does not end here, however. The UK is sadly well behind the likes of USA and Germany as there is yet no regulation or recognition for this system of medicine which has so much to offer to the growing number of ailing consumers. We are part of a movement to see Ayurveda given a voice and a platform in the UK but the shortsightedness of our political parties has been a huge stumbling block to our advancement and activities.
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