For those who want to explore healing alternatives outside of the medical profession, Ayurveda is a tempting path. The "science of life" is considered by many to be the sister practice to yoga, and the oldest science of natural health care, with written records more than 5,000 years old.
Several decades ago, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, of the Transcendental Meditation technique, began working with India's top Ayurvedic experts to purify and revive the tradition of Ayurveda according to the ancient Vedic texts. This expanded system, dubbed Maharishi Ayurveda, overlaps nicely with many Ayurvedic principles from other disciplines.
General Ayurveda is dedicated to an individual's health, but Maharishi Ayurveda considers societal health, the development of consciousness through Transcendental Meditation, Vedic astrology and Vedic architecture. These factors influence health and quality of life. Maharishi Ayurveda also adheres strictly to the Vedic texts. Slight changes have crept into Western Ayurveda, as it has been co-opted and diluted through the years.