Ayurveda is considered one of the most ancient systems of medicines across the globe.
It is estimated to have originated in the Vedic Period (1500 – 2000 BC). It can be considered as the longest practiced system of healthcare management for over 5000 years. The term Ayurveda is derived from two words, Ayu– life and Veda – science or knowledge, meaning the science of life. It is principally focused on “maintaining the health of a person and cure of his diseases”. So, the prevention of diseases is the primary objective of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, in contrast to the common belief, is not only about herbal or natural medicines but is a more diverse science.
Naturopathy is a science of preventing and managing different health issues by the use of natural remedies. Sebastian Kneipp (1821), a German Catholic priest is considered one of the forefathers of the naturopathic medicine movement. He propounded the “Kneipp Cure” form of hydrotherapy, which includes the application of water through various methods, temperatures, and pressures for different healing effects.
However, the core principles of Naturopathy are going, staying, living, and sustaining close to nature. It is believed that our body, just like all other objects in the universe, is made up of 5 basic elements. The proper balance of these elements defines health and the imbalance due to dietary, seasonal, or psychological reasons results in diseases. To cure this imbalance, it is necessary to reach out to nature again and restore the body’s innate ability to heal itself.