Ayurveda is the science of life wherein (ayush = life and veda = science)
What is Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the science of life wherein (ayush = life and veda = science). Ayurveda, a traditional holistic health care system, older than any other system of medicine, Ayurveda, recognized as alternative medicine , represents the science of life and longevity originating in the Vedic traditions of India. Based on the principle of eternal life, this holistic health care system has a vast body of knowledge covering eight branches.They are
Kaya (general medicine)
Benefits of Ayurveda
Ayurveda states that our body is made up of the three doshas or vital energies. They are combinations of the five elements: ether (space), air, fire, water and earth. Vata is a combination of ether and air, Pitta is a combination of fire and water and Kapha is a combination of water and earth.These are called tridoshas and the entire ayurveda is based on these principles. Each of us is born with an individual constitution or prakruti, made up of the three doshas (five elements). Our prakruti is determined by our parent’s doshas at the time of conception.
Ayuerveda aims at,
making a healthy happy and peaceful society The two important aims of ayurveda is
To maintain health of healthy
To treat sick people and make
Fundamental principles of Ayurveda
- Dhatus- These are the basic tissues which maintain and nourish the body. They are seven in number namely- Rasa(chyle), raktha(blood), mamsa(muscles),meda(fatty tissue), asthi(bone), majja(marrow) and sukra(reprodutive tissue). Proper amount of each dhatu and their balanced function is very important for good health.Mala- These are the waste materials produced as a result of various metabolic activities in the body. They are mainly urine, feaces, sweat etc. Proper elimination of the malas is equally important for good health. Accumalation of malas cause many diseases in the body.
- Srotas- These are different types of channels which are responsible for transportation of food, dhatus, malas and doshas. Proper functioning of srotas is necessary for transporting different materials to the site of their requirement. Blockage of srotas causes many diseases.
- Agni- These are different types of enzymes responsible for digestion and transforming one dhatu to another.
Ayurveda proposes three stages for good health: daily routine and seasonal activities to prevent illness, purification therapy and medications for diseases and rejuvenation of the system to enhance health and quality of life.
Daily and seasonal routines try to ensure that the body's needs are satisfied no matter where the mind may roam , since most people are unable to develop the perception necessary to know what is happening within their bodies.
Neither activity nor rest should be excessive , the body requires moderation in all things. A healthy routine establishes moderation and order in both body and mind , helping you to flow in the direction most appropriate for you.
two measures in the management of a disease
in which the unbalanced doshas are pacified with in the body itself. As this therapy don’t cleanse the channels of circulation, there is the possibility of reprovocation when exposed to similar causative factors.This therapy is suited in conditions in which there is not much vitiation of the doshas.
It is aimed at the complete expulsion of the unbalanced doshas and the purification of the channels of circulation. As the channels are cleansed and strengthened by this process, the chance of recurrence is nil.
Purification therapy can be implemented not only for curing diseases but to maintain health. No other systems of medicine can offer such an effective treatment measure. So we can proudly declare our superiority of Ayurveda to any other systems on account of its purification therapy.
The famous ayurvedic physician Charaka identifies four factors that are essential for successful medical treatment : The Physician, the remedy , the nurse and the patient.The physician should be an expert in theory and in practice, skilful, and pure in body and mind.Easy availability, appropriateness, utility in a variety of forms and high quality characterize the optimal remedy.The best nurse is knowledgeable , skilful , sympathetic and pure.