Ayurveda emphasizes a preventive and “holistic” approach dealing with life in its totality. Holistic means pertaining to holism and it also means emphasizing the importance of whole. According to Ayurveda the body, mind and soul are the tripods which support the three-dimensional therapy of Ayurveda- the physical, mental and spiritual. This world is sustained by the combination of body, mind and spirit; they constitute the substratum for everything. This combination is Purusha; this is sentient and is the subject matter of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda describes life itself— its measurement; the advantageous and disadvantageous as well as happy and unhappy states of life, along with what is good and bad for life. Ayurveda is regarded as the most sacred science because it does good for mankind in respect to their present life as well as the life beyond. Moreover, being the life-giver, Ayurveda is most sacred, as it is said,”No gift can surpass the gift of life.”Absolute health can only be achieved when body, mind and soul are in harmony with each other and with the cosmic surroundings.