Ayurveda when translated from Sanskrit means Knowledge of Life. It is the oldest form of health care in the world. It is considered the sister science of yoga and is said to have originated in India over 5000 years ago, at approximately the same time as the emergence of yoga. It is called the healing science of India and utilizes the blessings of nature and spirit to restore balance to the body. The very uniqueness of Ayurveda is that it does not fight with the body to control disease, but teaches us to harmonize our body and mind with the universal laws of nature, thereby removing the very roots of disease. Ayurveda is different from other health care systems in that it places emphasis on prevention at the root causes, instead of dealing with symptoms. Ayurveda emphasizes on the importance of food as our healer, along with yoga, pranayama, meditation, herbal medication, and the cleansing, rejuvenation and detoxification of both body and mind.