Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model.
The word Ayurveda is composed of two terms, Ayus meaning life and Veda meaning the knowledge or
science. Thus, etymologically, Ayurveda means the science of
life or biology. Medicine apart, various other aspects of
life also come within the purview of Ayurveda. In its broader
perspective it deals with the health and treatment of
diseases of animals and even plants. Thus in ancient India,
there were specialised subjects like asva-ayurveda (for the treatment of horses), gaja-ayurveda (for the treatment of elephants); go-ayurveda (for the treatment of cows) and vriksha, ayurveda (for the treatment of diseases of plants).
Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.