Ayurveda

If you are looking for Ayurvedic diagnosis, mental or physical healing, Nepal offers a bevy of practices that specialize in natural treatments. Come to learn, be treated or discover this centuries-old natural treatment for holistic health.

Ayurveda dates back to the Vedic period. Vedas are the oldest recorded documents of human civilization. Ayurveda is the life science and also the oldest authentically recorded science in existence today. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, and when translated means “the science of life” or “a natural way of living”.

The objective of Ayurveda is to achieve the highest goal of life: the inner and outer dynamic harmony. The dimensions of health are defined as bodily, sensorial, mental, and spiritual health. Traditional and indigenous knowledge has been used for centuries by indigenous and local communities following local laws, customs and traditions.

Nepal has a great tradition of Ayurveda, and it is considered to be part of the cultural and scientific heritage of the country. Traditional makers of Ayurvedic medicines still carry on their practice using ancient tools. There is an Ayurvedic hospital in Nardevi in the heart of Kathmandu. For researchers there is a huge amount of data on Ayurveda preserved on leaves and manuscripts in the national archives. There is a wealth of knowledge here that has long been ignored and neglected.

Excursions can be organized to visit practitioners, to meet rural people who collect herbs, and to meet traditional healers such as Shamans or Jhankris as they are known in Nepal.

Source: Nepal Tourism Board