Ayurveda (pronounced eye-yur-vayda) is the natural health science of India that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It is a Sanskrit word that translates as the ‘science or knowledge of life’. It is a system of health care developed through centuries of observation, discussion and meditation which studies all facets of life from infancy through to old age. It is one of the few complimentary medicines that have been recognised by the World Health Organisation.
Ayurveda emphasizes the prevention of disease, rejuvenation of the body and the extension of our life span. The profound promise of Ayurveda is that through changes to diet & lifestyle, not only can we prevent disease but live a long, healthy life in balance and harmony. It provides an integrated approach to the prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle changes and natural therapies.
Ayurveda, with its holistic focus on health, is the world’s fastest growing complimentary health science. It is now practiced outside of its home in India, in countries as far afield as Holland, Russia, USA, Japan and Australia. The study of Ayurveda holds great appeal for those interested in health studies because it expands the range of health assessment instruments and fills the gaps in therapeutic treatments available in our current health care system.
There are a number of study options available in India for students of Ayurveda. However, the only course recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and professional Ayurvedic bodies in Australasia is the New Zealand Diploma in Ayurvedic Health Management (Level 5) and the New Zealand Diploma in Ayurvedic Health Management (Level 6).