The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit terms "Ayu" meaning "life" and "Veda" meaning "knowledge". The literal translation of "Ayurveda" is "knowledge of life" or "right living". This Ayurveda knowledge is grounded in the Vedic scriptures, which date back to 3000 B.C, if not earlier.
The Ayurveda or Hindu system of medicine offers many ayurvedic herbal and other natural remedies and a holistic view on health in daily life, as well as many specialized ayurvedic therapies and cures. The Ayurveda studies the physical and psychic behaviour of people and prescribes ways for them to synchronize with their environment so as to live happy, healthy and inspired lives. Much emphasis in Ayurveda is given to diet, following the cycles of the seasons and other useful practices for enriching life.
Some of the main systems of understanding in Ayurveda include the gunas (rajas, sattva, tamas), the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), agni, tejas and of course prana.
At the Kathmandu Healing Center special emphasis is placed upon the natural origin of the ayurvedic medicines used. Most ingredients come from the Himalayas and some can only be found in Nepal. The healing center always produces their own medicines according to the family traditions that are over 200 years old.
Most of these ayurvedic cures are tailormade to exactly fit the patient. They are handmade and often the herbs have been harvested at special times, such as during a full moon or at night. All these medicines are also empowered by Tantric mantras that aid the healing process and protect the patient from planetary influences.