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Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine – Ayurveda in Sanskrit literally means the science of life and art of longevity. Many scientists believe that Ayurveda is the oldest medical tradition, because it is more than 5000 years old and all other medical traditions of the world originated from this one.

This knowledge which the ancient scriptures say that is eternal –is handed down from generation to generation, from the spiritual master to disciple, as well as other Vedic knowledge. Approximately 4500 BC, when the Emperor of China SenNung collected short presentations of herbs, healers from the Indus Valley systematized knowledge about medicinal plants, known as Ayurveda.

There is about four hundred medicinal plants found in these descriptions. There is a story of Jivaki, student of Ayurveda, who’s been sent by prominent teachers to gather all useful plants in the kingdom. Allegedlyhe returned empty-handed.

Thus demonstrated the basic principle of Ayurveda, according to which every plant has healing potential. However, when using the herbs caution and knowledge is still needed, because sometimes the plant has the capacity of effective remedies, and at the same time it can be a strong poison!

Knowledge of healing


It is essential to know not only what part of the plant should be consumed, but also to what rates. Since ancient times there were “guardians of knowledge” – medicine men, shamans, tribal elders or healers, who possessed this knowledge about the medicinal properties of certain plants, as well as their secret powers and divine qualities.

Five natural elements which are discussed by Ayurveda – namely space, air, fire, water and earth – will be found in the plants that help us to maintain balance and perfect health of the organism at all its levels.

Plants love us

We settle our daily need of minerals trough plants that derive from the land; our daily need of water trough plants that have developed complex systems for integrating water into their structures; our daily needs of fire element, trough plants which convert solar energy into carbohydrates.

Is it not the air that we breathe a very important reason to thank the plants for their existence?

We can identify element of space in our body as the nervous system, and there are plants that have very specific function, which can tranquilize and relax it. There are some powerful plants that are able to expand awareness or change it completely which were used on special occasions or ceremonies.

Strategies for long and good life

Make no mistake that the plants can do the whole job for us and keep our health at the highest level. It has not been founded yet – a plant that will make you go to bed at ten o’clock in the evening, but there are plants that will help you immerse yourself more easily in a calm and serene sleep.

That is why good eating habits, physical activity, staying on fresh air and avoid toxic habits are some of the prerequisites of good health. If we add our powerful allies also–the plants – we provide a strategy for long and good life.

Poisons occur because of stress

Accumulation of toxins in the body Ayurveda calls Ama. They occur not only because of bad eating habits, alcohol consumption, smoking and toxins from the environment, but also as a result of stressful way of life. Accumulation of toxins in the body is reflected in a weakened immunity, chronic fatigue and exhaustion and susceptibility to infections.