About Sri Sri Herbs

Ayurveda in Sanskrit means “science of life”. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda consists of the words āyus, meaning “longevity”, and veda, meaning “related to knowledge” or “science”. It is much more than a mere healing system for the sick. It is a life style, a science and an art of proper living that ensures health and longevity. Ayurveda as a science deals with treating the cause of the imbalance in one’s system rather than just the symptoms. It includes a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent. Evolving throughout history, Ayurveda remains an influential and valuable age-old system of wellness gaining popularity throughout the world.

Ayurveda traces its origins to one of the four Vedas or ancient Indian books of knowledge – Atharvaveda.This contains 114 hymns or formulations to treat the health of an individual. Ayurveda originated in and developed from these hymns. In this sense, ayurveda is considered by some to have divine origin.The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India. The Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā were influential works on traditional medicine during this era. Over the centuries that followed, ayurvedic practitioners identified a number of preparations to ensure all round wellness and freedom from a host of ailments and diseases.

Ayurveda is grounded in the metaphysics of the “five great elements” (Prithvi or Earth, Aap or Water, Tej or Fire, Vaayu or Air and Akash or Ether) — all of which compose the Universe, including the human body.Ayurveda deals elaborately with measures of healthful living during the entire span of life and its various phases. According to ayurveda, our body is tanding on a tripod of elements - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. In a balanced state, they act as building blocks. When in a state of imbalance, the three elements harm the body.

Ayurveda stresses a balance of these three elemental energies or humors: vata (air & space – “wind”), pitta (fire & water – “bile”) and kapha (water & earth – “phlegm”). These three regulatory principles— Doshas (literally that which deteriorates)- are important for health, because when they are in a balanced state, the body is healthy, and when imbalanced, the body has diseases. Ayurveda holds that each human possesses a unique combination of Doshas. Ayurveda also focuses on exercise, yoga, meditation, and massage. Thus, body, mind, and spirit/consciousness need to be addressed both individually and in unison for health to ensue.