Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical practise that dates back over 3,000 years. The Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (science) are combined to form the term Ayurveda (science or knowledge). As a result, Ayurveda means "knowledge of life." Ayurveda encourages various lifestyle modifications and natural remedies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and environment, based on the belief that disease is caused by an imbalance or stress in a person's consciousness. Ayurvedic knowledge dates back over 5,000 years in India and is known as the "Mother of All Healing." It has its origins in ancient Vedic culture and has been passed down from generation to generation in an oral tradition from great masters to their students. Internal cleansing is the first step in Ayurveda treatment, followed by a particular diet, herbal treatments, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation.