|Its terms, therefore, the biological
humors, the elements and their qualities, do not originate from conceptual thought or scientific
experiments but through direct observation of Nature herself. They represent the powers of Nature
working within us, the great Gods or cosmic powers of the vital or life-plane to whom we must do
homage (i.e. respect and follow their laws). Just as we have the powers of water, fire and wind
working in the environment around us, so they work on a biological level within us. Just as allowing a
fire to get too close will burn us externally, so allowing our inner fire
to burn too highly will damage our internal organs.
Ayurveda is a form of naturalistic medicine or naturopathy. According
to its wisdom it is Nature herself that heals. All we can do is assist in
her process by attuning ourselves to her movements. Therefore, Ayurveda emphasizes the
balancing of the life-force within us as the basis of all treatment.
Ayurveda is based on diet and herbs for its treatment but uses many specially prepared mineral
substances as well. It provides us with a complete life-regime through
an integrated science of life-style counseling that deals with body and
mind, and with both the individual and society. Its goal is not to suppress our symptoms
but to give us the tools to understand our nature and live in harmony with it.