Ayurveda is a medical system, which uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind land spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas – the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that can help humans overcome various ailments.Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words ‘ayu’ and ‘veda’. Ayu means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge or science. The term ‘Ayurveda’ thus means’ the knowledge of life’ or ‘the science of life’. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka,’ayu’ comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul. The Primary aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:To protect health and prolong life (“Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam”).To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body (“Aturasya vicar prashamanamcha”).