About Ayurveda

Meaning : The person who follows the diet regime & healthy lifestyle, who helps the needy people, who has control on his senses, who is a donor, who is truthful, who is forgiving, who serves the honorary people will never fall the victim of any disease.


 

Ayurveda


( Ayu- life; Veda- science)

The science which forms the basis of various aspects of life and the measures to attain a healthy life and also to achieve its longevity.

Ayurveda is said to have spiritual origin. Lord Brahma was the profounder of this science that passed it on to his disciples for further propagation of this science and to help the people achieve a disease free long life. Later on their disciples divided this science in eight branches for simplicity and learning purpose for others and created various grantha which can be used even today.

This science is considered to be approximately 3000- 50,000 years old and is also a part of our ancient Atharvaveda.


Aim of Ayurveda


The sole intention of this science is to help people attain

  • Dharma
  • Artha
  • Kama
  • Moksha

Having said that Ayurveda also states that attainment of wealth is not the only thing that can help you lead a happy life. Spiritual upliftment is equally important factor and one can achieve this divine happiness only by having good health.

Ayurveda also emphasises that prevention of a disease is always preferred and hence has indicated measures to maintain the health of the healthy and treat the ailment of the diseased.


Principles of Ayurveda


As per Ayurveda the entire universe is formed out of Panchamahabhutas i.e. the 5 natural elements –

The same Panchamahabhutas are also responsible for formation of the constituents of our body and mind.

There are 3 dosha and 7 dhatus which are the major constituents of our body and mind and they are formed out of these panchamahabhutas

A proper balance between these dosha (Sharir & Manas) and dhatus helps to maintain health and any sort of imbalance leads to formation of a disease.

Thus the ayurvedic treatment modality is oriented towards maintaining this balance.


Concepts of Ayurveda


To maintain the balance between dosha and dhatu is the main aim of Ayurved and hence Ayurved has mentioned various rules and regulations like

  • Dinacharya
    These are the daily dos and don’ts regarding exercise, diet, lifestyle etc. one should practice regularly
  • Ritucharya
    These are the seasonal regimens one should follow in each season.

Meaning :
Benefits of Rasayan :
Longevity, good memory, sharp mind, health, anti ageing property, facial glow, fairness, improved quality of voice, strength to body and senses, whatever he speaks becomes truth, ability to perform, good skin texture.
Definition of rasayan :
Quality of all rasa, rakta etc. seven dhatus is improved by the constant use of rasayan.


  • Rasayana Sevan
    These are the medicines which one should consume regularly to increase the longevity of life, to develop the efficiency to all indriya (sensory and motor organs) and thus improve one’s intellectual capacity (Buddhi)
  • Achar Rasayana / Sadvrutta
    These are the rules related to one’s behaviour in the society
  • Specific Panchakarma These are the panchakarmas advised to be done on daily basis and as per the change in ritus despite of the fact if you are suffering from the disease or not.
    Panchakarma to be done daily- Abhyanga (oil massage), Gandush & Kavala (types of mouth gargles), Nasya (nasal drops) etc
    Panchakarma to be done as per the Ritu’s-
    Vasanta Ritu- Vamana
    Varsha Ritu- Basti
    Sharad Ritu - Virechan, Raktomokshan

Following these guidelines can help a person to prevent any disorder.

For treatment of any disorder Ayurveda has mentioned following methods

Shaman Chikitsa (Aushadhi)

Shodhan Chikitsa (Panchakarma)

Naishthiki Chikitsa (Manaschikitsa)


Shamana Chikitsa

In this various natural herbs are used for pacification of vitiated doshas. Various formulations of herbs can be used for this purpose like herbal powders, extracted juice, decoctions, pastes etc.



Shodhan Chikitsa (Panchakarma)

These are purificatory procedures indicated to remove the vitiated dosha out of the body also known as the “Panchakarma”. These are many other procedures included in this term but the following five indicate the main Panchakarma i.e the five procedures.



Naishthiki Chikitsa( Manaschikitsa)

Ayurveda has always emphasized the importance of treating the mental aspects for complete relief. Accordingly various treatment modalities are mentioned to keep the patient’s mind healthy by maintaining the balance between the Manasdosha’s.

Sattva , Raja and Tama are considered the manasdosha amongst which one should aim at developing the sattvaguna as it can help to keep our mind stable.

Increase in Raja guna leads to disturbed coordination of mind and body and causing unnecessary thinking.

Increase in Tama guna makes one lethargic and non enthusiastic thereby generating negative thought’s in his mind.

Thus Naishthkichikitsa helps to increase the good qualities of Mana( Mind) which is also called as Sattva. Hence this treatment is also termed as SattvavajayaChikitsa.

It is also said that-


Facts and Myths about Ayurveda


Ayurvedic drugs are very potent and if administered in the right form and dosage can show quick result.

Hence this treatment is indicated not just for chronic disorders but any acute complication like severe pain, bleeding etc can also be treated by this treatment.

Ayyurvedic drugs are known to be non palatable but there are many formulations mentioned in Ayurveda like Chyavanprash which even children enjoy to have.