The practice of Ayurveda medicine, with its roots in ancient Sanskrit sources, is believed to have started in Singapore in the late 19th – 20th centuries. Ayurveda is a celebrated form of Indian medicine based on an applied philosophy of "metaphysical fitness", which comprises a holistic treatment aimed at restoring the natural balance of one's body, mind, and soul.
Ayurveda practitioners regard health to be the state of balance between mind, body and environment. Treatment and therapies are often focused on managing a person's long-term ailments.
Ayurveda uses medical formulations of plant, animal and mineral origins, while oils are also used as massage treatment as part of Ayurvedic therapy. This ancient healthcare treatment has experienced a spike in popularity since the 1990s, possibly due to its emphasis on doctor-patient relations and naturally-produced prescriptions and supplements.
Ayurveda is still widely practised by the Indian community in Singapore, and there has been increased awareness of the practice beyond the community. There are associations such as the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association Singapore, which comprises a community of qualified practitioners, students, manufacturers and distributors, which regulate the practice of Ayurvedic healthcare in Singapore.