Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda." "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term "ayurveda" thus means 'the knowledge of life' or 'the science of life'. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, "ayu" comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul. The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:

  • To protect health and prolong life ("Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam")
  • To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body ("Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha")

The three - body, mind and soul - are like a tripod, the world stands by their combination; in them everything abides. It is the subject matter of ayurveda for which the teachings of ayurveda have been revealed.

Ayurveda , the science of life, prevention and longevity is the oldest and most holistic medical system available on the planet today. It was placed in written form over 5,000 years ago in India, it was said to be a world medicine dealing with both body and the spirit.

Ayurveda is said to be a world medicine dealing with both body and the spirit. Before the advent of writing, the ancient wisdom of this healing system was a part of the spiritual tradition of the Vedic Religion. There were initially four main books of spirituality, known as the four Vedas namely Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda which included among other topics, health, astrology, spiritual business, government, army, poetry and spiritual living and behavior.

Around 1500 B.C., Ayurveda was delineated into eight specific branches of medicine.

Atharvaveda lists the eight divisions of Ayurveda namely Internal Medicine, Surgery, Cranial Organo Medicine, Pediatrics, Toxicology, Rejuvenating Remedy, Aphrodisiac Remedy and Spiritual Healing and these eight divisions are known as Astanga Ayurveda.

The Vedic sages took the passages from the Vedic Scriptures relating to Ayurveda and compiled separate books dealing only with Ayurveda.

What is fascinating is Ayurveda’s use of herbs, foods, aromas, gems, colors, yoga, mantras, lifestyle and surgery. Consequently Ayurveda grew into a respected and widely used system of healing in India. Around 1500 B.C., Ayurveda was delineated into eight specific branches of medicine. There were two main schools of Ayurveda at that time. Atreya- the school of physicians, and Dhanvantari – the school of surgeons. These two schools made Ayurveda a more scientifically verifiable and classifiable medical system.

Ayurveda Offers a unique blend of science and philosophy that balances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components necessary for holistic health & natural beauty. Any imbalance in this synthesis results in physical ailments. Ayurveda believes in the treatment of not just the affected part, but the individual as a whole. Making it the natural way to refresh you, eliminate all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good health. Its aim is to provide the proper guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.

There are several aspects to Ayurveda that are quite unique:

  • Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding food and lifestyle each one should follow in order to be completely healthy. This is due to its use of a constitutional model.
  • Everything in Ayurveda is validated by observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts.
  • It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called as Tridoshas.
  • Because Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship.

In its broader scope, Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and individuals with health challenges can improve their health.

In the postmodern age, At large ayurveda is believed to be the source of living a healthy and happy life, right from the birth, gradual aging and till the end of human life. It is also termed as integrity between the soul and body of a human being.

Ayurveda not only provides medicines that cures illness but also provides dietary guidance that leads to healthy life and leads to the consumption of vitamins, calcium’s and minerals that are necessary for human body from our natural resources like vegetable, salads and fruits and hence gaining a good health in a natural way. It is the science of combating nature’s problems with natural solutions and hence there are no side effects as such of this branch of medicine. The medicines in this field are prepared perfectly on the discipline and rules presented in the Ayurvedic scripts and texts and hence they have still retained their effectiveness in curing even incurable diseases. As of today, Ayurveda has grown leaps and bounds and is in great demand all over the world. Its treatments are specially made available in Ayurvedic centers in all Western countries that are turning back towards natural mode of treatments.

 

 
     
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