Ayurveda is not just a system of medicine for treating diseases but also a science designed to increase our well-being and happiness in all aspects.It shows the path to live in such a way as to arrive at optimum health.
All the major treatises of Ayurveda give strong emphasis on the observance of the laws of 'Swasthavritta' i.e.the code for a healthy conduct.'Swasthavritta'literally means 'the regime of abiding in one's own nature'.
The prime motto of Ayurveda is -
'Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam'
- i.e. preserving the health of those who are hale and hearty in order to lay the foundation of a disease free society. Ayurveda advocates the maintenance of a healthy life by one's own right action.
This subject gives the knowledge of personal hygiene and public health, Yoga, Naturopathy, Health policies, etc.
It is described in two parts --
The daily routine or 'Dincharya' and
The seasonal regimen or 'Ritucharya'