Ayurveda is not simply a system of medicine, it is the science of life. Ayurveda originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda places emphasis on prevention, and encourages health maintenance through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga and meditation. A person can create balance in their body and mind according to their unique physiology. Ayurveda understands that each person is unique, thus each person requires specific modifications to bring about physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony. Balance is when the body and mind are in natural order, and imbalance is when they are in disorder. The body has a constant interaction between order and disorder. Ayurveda teaches how to guide the body to reestablish order.
We can all relate to feeling out of balance when we don't feel well. The difference between Ayurveda and Western medicine is that Western medicine tends to focus on disease, whereas Ayurveda focuses on the constant shift of the body from balance to imbalance.
There are times when we go to the doctor not feeling well and are told that nothing is wrong. This is because our discomfort has not yet manifested as full blown illness. When we acknowledge our discomfort in an acute, subtle stage, we are likely to strengthen and rebuild the body and avoid future aggressive treatment. When Ayurveda is used in conjunction with Western medicine, a person not only avoids falling ill, but is equipped with the tools to maintain a blissful state of being, this is what we call perfect health.