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Ayurveda: A Natural Cure

Updated on May 3, 2019
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Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda
Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means the science of life. It is a natural cure to a disease and helps us to prevent from getting ill; also it has the potential to eliminate the root cause of the illness. Lord Dhanvantari is known as the God of Ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda, every person is influenced by certain elements because of natural constitutions. These constitutions are divided into three elemental doshas (substances):

  • Vatta dosha: Space and air elements dominate.
  • Pitta dosha: Fire element dominates.
  • Kapha dosha: Water and Earth elements dominate.

Ayurveda also says that if all the doshas are in balance, then the result is a healthy person, otherwise imbalance of them results in disease.

Ayurveda three doshas (substances)
Ayurveda three doshas (substances) | Source

Ayurvedic Lifestyle

  • Ayurveda extremely emphasis on one’s daily routine and eating habits.
  • It guides about the appropriate lifestyle with respect to seasonal changes.
  • A happy and peaceful mind helps us to make better decisions and enhance the quality of our life.

Ayurvedic Immunization Program

Some organizations also conduct Ayurvedic Immunization Program that benefits children for better growth and overall development. The program also focuses on increasing immunity and intellectual power as well as prevention from allergic conditions. It boosts memory growth, increases concentration level, improves hearing and speech capability and reduces psychosomatic problems in children by maintaining their health.

Ayurveda eight components/branches
Ayurveda eight components/branches | Source

Eight canonical components/branches of Ayurvedic Medical Science

Ayurveda has its practice divided into eight canonical components/branches, which are:

  • Vajikaranatantra (Aphrodisiac Remedy): Related to aphrodisiacs, Vajikaranatantra is known as the treatment for enhancing the volume and viability of the semen and sexual desire.
  • Rasayanatantra (Rejuvenating Remedy): Related to rejuvenation, Rasayanatantra include tonics that are helpful in increasing lifespan, strength and intellectual power.
  • Agadatantra (Poisons and Alcohol): Related to toxicology, Agadatantra is related to the treatment and diagnosis of bites of poisonous snakes and venomous worms.
  • Bhutavidya (Spiritual Healing): Related to mental disease and spiritual healing, Bhutavidya pacifies possessing spirits and the person whose mind is affected by such possession.
  • Salakyatantra (Cranial Organo Medicine): Related to Ophthalmology, ENT and cranial disease, Salakyatantra refers to the cure of diseases related to eyes, ears, nose, throat and mouth.
  • Salyatantra (Surgery): Related to surgical techniques, Salyatantra deals with the treatment of inflammatory swellings and removing foreign objects via surgery.
  • Kaumara-bhrtya (Children Disease Remedy): Related to pediatrics, Kaumara-bhrtya is the treatment of infections and diseases related to childhood.
  • Kayacikitsa (Internal Medicine): Related to body problems, Kayacikitsa deals with every problem related to metabolism of the body and the general medicines.

These eight components/branches are collectively called as Ashtang Ayurveda.

Different herbs used in Ayurveda
Different herbs used in Ayurveda

Diagnosis of Ayurveda

Ayurvedic doctors practice eight ways to diagnose illness, which are:

  • Nadi (pulse)
  • Mootra (urine)
  • Mala (stool)
  • Jihva (tongue)
  • Shabda (speech)
  • Sparsha (touch)
  • Druk (vision)
  • Aakruti (appearance)

Ingredients used in Ayurveda


30 most prominent herbs used in Ayurveda are described below:

Name
Botanical name
Uses
Ayurvedic Supplements
Neem
Azadirachta indica
Beauty enhancer, Blood purifier
Diacont, Neem guard, Madhumehari granules, Raktasodhak bati
Basil
Ocimum sanctum
Antiseptic
Bahumutrantak rasa, Kasamrit herbal
Gooseberry
Emblica officinalis
Purest forms of Vitamin C; nourishes, thickens and darkens the hair; Good for eyes
Kabz care, Amlaki rasayan, Chayawanprash avleha
Shikakai
Acacia concinna
Hair-vitaliser
Shikakai Powder
Soap nut
Sapindus trifoliatus
Excellent hair tonic
Reetha Powder
Indian pennywort
Bacopa monnieri
Effective for nervous disorders, Relieves anxiety & tension, Enhances memory power
Shankhapushpi syrup, Brahmi bati, Memorex, Stress guard
Henna
Lawsonia albla
Excellent hair conditioner & tonic.
Henna Powder
Aloe vera
Aloe barbadensis miller
Hair vitalizer, Effective for liver & spleen disorder, Promotes & regulates menstrual period
Kumari asava, Rajahpravartani bati
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus citriodara
Effective for acne and boils, Solves the problem of blocked nose & sore throat, Excellent deodorant
Nilgiri tail
Sandalwood
Santalum album
Soul-stirring fragrance, Skin freshener
Pitta tea, Chandanadi bati, Chandan ka tail, Chandanasava
Malkangani - Staff-tree
Celastrus paniculatus
Excellent pain reliever
Smritisagar ras
Five-leafed chaste
Vitex negundo
Brilliant deodorant, Essential for acne, boils, eczema and hair loss
Leprin
Sesame
Sesamun indicum
Herbal dye, Promotes hair growth
Sri gopal taila, Saptagun taila(oil)
Bhringaraj
Eclipta alba
Essential hair tonic
Bhringrajasava, Mahabhringraj taila
Saffron
Crocus sativus
Skin cleanser, Effective for pimples
Kashari kalp, Vita ex, Sri gopal tail
Purple Fleban
Nigella sativa
Effective for acne and boils
Lavan bhaskar churna, Narayan churna, Hingwastak churna
Turmeric
Curcuma longa
Anticeptic
Diabet guard, Haridra khanda, Chandraprabha bati
Psoralea Seed
Psoralea corylifolia
Helps to get rid of baldness
Somraji tail
Coriander
Coriandrum sativum
Reduces fever, Generates urine, Treats digestive disorder, Relieves flatulence
Coriander Powder
Ginger
Zingiber officinale
Carminative, Antinauseant and Antiflatulence agent, Used for stomach-ache, diarrhea, and nausea
Kabz care, Gas guard, Gasantak bati
Dhatura
Dhatura Stramonium
Relieve from asthamatic attacks, cure from malaria fever
Jaymangal rasa, Kankasava tribhubankriti rasa
Babul
Acacia arabica
Strengthens loosen teeth, prevents from diarrhoea
Dant manjan lal
Banslochan
Bambusa arundinacea wild
Cures cough and cold
Chyawanprash
Vidari
Ipomoea digitata Linn
Diminished lactation, General weakness,
Chyawanprash, Ashwagandhadi churna, Dashmularishta
Elaichi
Elettaria cardamomum Maton
Used in upper respiratory infections and Bronchitis
Elachi bati, Chyawanprash
Erand
Ricinus communis Linn
Used in Jaundice and Rheumatism
Erand tel, Rhuma oil
Gokshura
Tribulus terrestris Linn
Used for Impotence and ageing
Gokshuradi guggulu, Dhatupaushtik churna, Chyawanprash
Jivanti
Leptadenia reticulata
Used in skin infection and diminished lactation
Dashmularishta
Khadira
Acacia catechu
Used for mouth infection and sore throat
Madhumehari, Khadirasist, Khadiradi bati
Musta
Cyperus rotundus Linn
Used for curing Indigestion, Diarrhoea, Conjunctivitis
Chyawanprash, Mustakarishta
30 Herbs used in Ayurveda as ingredients

Role of Ayurveda in today’s society

  • Ayurveda has a noticeable contribution in developing healthy status across many communities
  • Its use is increasing at a very high rate in developed countries.
  • It is also helping people in prevention from chronic diseases.
  • At least 80 per cent people in India and Nepal use Ayurveda as the sole medicine for their treatment.
  • The Indian government has encouraged people to teach and research in Ayurveda at national level.
  • In United States, Ayurvedic treatment is very much in use after 1970, when Baba Hari Dass taught them about this treatment.
  • Ayurveda has proved to heal patients suffering from chronic diseases but only to some extent. There is still research going on if it can prove to be an effective treatment.
  • Some medicines of Ayurveda are found to be containing harmful elements such as arsenic, lead and mercury. According to Ayurvedic experts, these elements are added only after their complete purification and thus, are not harmful to anyone.

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      Andrew Petrou 

      3 years ago from Brisbane

      Felishiya

      Thanks.

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      Prachi Sharma 

      3 years ago from India

      I am glad. I could help Oztinato. I have got a book on Ayurveda, though in Hindi but if you wish to know more, I can tell you.

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      Andrew Petrou 

      3 years ago from Brisbane

      Thank you so much! I'm always trying to find out about this subject and you have set it all out beautifully.

      Ram Ram.

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