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Ayurveda – World’s Most Ancient HealthCare System

Updated on March 16, 2010

Ayurveda essentially stands for the “Veda for Healing”. Ayurvedic healing system has its origin from India. It doesn’t come up with specialized treatment for a particular ailment or disease.  An Ayurvedic practitioner actually has to examine each patient separately before he can offer his treatments that can range from dietary techniques to herbal treatments, and certain exercises which can be practiced on the levels of both body and mind. Ayurvedic Healing system basically uses the inbuilt and self-sustaining properties and principles of the nature to assist you in maintaining good health and balance in mind, body and spirit. In addition to providing healing to the body system, Ayurveda also offers spiritual healing of wide ranges in order to attain balance in life.

Meaning of Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is actually a Sanskrit word, which is a union of two separate words - “Ayus” which means “Long Life” and “Veda” which means science or knowledge. In combination, the two words in “Ayurveda” become “The science of Life”. The word “Ayu” is also said to be a joint representation of body, mind and soul, as per ‘Charaka’ - an ancient scholar in Ayurveda.

Birth of Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is considered as the oldest and most ancient healing practice in the world. It has a complex medical design that got its roots in India around thousands of years ago. Many of Hindu scriptures such as Vedas and other ancient writings have the basics of Ayurveda written in them. The Rig Veda, a scripture which was written some 6000 years ago has varied number of prescriptions, which can help humans in getting rid of many ailments and diseases.

How can Ayurveda Help you?

The basic motive of Ayurvedic Healing System is to facilitate the healing of sick persons, prevent any further illness and take care of life. The whole system can be summarized in following important points:

  • Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam - which means protect(rakshanam) and lead a healthy(swasthya) life.
  • Aturasya Vikar Prashamanamcha - which means to get rid of diseases and malfunctions of the body.

Fundamentals of Ayurveda:

Aurveda is established on the theory that this whole universe is constructed and built up of five elements:




Earth and


A human body is also comprised of these elements and they are represented by three energies also called “doshas” named  - Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Whenever any of these bio-energies gets accumulated in the body beyond its balanced limit, it can cause energy blockages within the body meaning the follow of regular vital energy gets disrupted and the body tends to loose its balance.

Each individual comes up with his own distinct equilibrium or balance state and his health depends entirely on how appropriately his body is balanced of these three energies or doshas (“tridoshas” – tri means three + doshas means bio-energies). Because of this distinct nature, Ayurveda’s prescription and design for every individual is different and doesn’t come up with a normal or regular system which could be used commonly. Ayurveda helps in healing a person by suggesting a particular lifestyle and certain guidelines which the individual would follow to reduce the energy accumulation or “excess of doshas”. An ancient scripture called “Sushrut Samhita” defines a healthy person as follows:

“He, whose doshas have been balanced, who enjoys a good appetite, whose all body tissues and natural urges are functioning appropriately, and who has a happy mind, body and soul…

Theory of Bio-Energies in detail:

The three “doshas” or bio-energies are explained as follows:

1)Vata: It represents the elements of “air and ether”. This energy is usually the one which takes care of nerve impulses, respiration, circulation and elimination.

2) Kapha: It represents the elements of  “water and earth”. It is basically responsible to take care of growth and protection. Examples of Kapha are: the cerebral-spinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal area, the mucosal lining of the stomach, etc.

3) Pitta: It represents the elements of “fire and water”. It is responsible to take care of the metabolism i.e. the conversion of food into nutrition, as well as for the metabolism of organs and tissue systems.


Panchkarma -The Therapy of Purification:

Panchkarma is a very important and vital practice in Ayurveda. It is basically a cleansing procedure, which is used when the body gets too much of toxins in it. Panchkarma is a five fold purification process which is used to purify and cleanse the body of all the overloaded toxins. The five techniques involved in this process are:

1) Nasya – Getting rid of the toxins through the cleansing process of nose.

2) Basti- Enema

3) Vaman – Therapeutic Emesis

4) Virechan - Purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

5) Rakta moksha – Blood Detoxification

There exist various unknown and unexplored benefits of such practices like Ayurveda from our ancient and historical collection of knowledge. Ayurveda is getting quite popular amongst the western medical sciences too, but still there are many things yet to be explored and adopted, for the benefits of mankind. As rightly said:

"Anyone who believes that anything can be suited to everyone is a great fool, because medicine is practiced not on mankind in general, but on every individual in particular. " ~Henri de Mondeville

"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need."

~Ayurvedic Proverb

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      Pieter 6 years ago

      Excellent and well written. If anyone wants to find out their Dosha, here is a dosha test I have used and I really like :


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      calicoaster 7 years ago

      Hey thanks wrenfrost56! I really feel Ayurveda to be an immense gift to mankind. We just need to explore about this, because it has been ancient and has quite deep roots when it comes to the knowledge and understanding. Thanks again for liking my post.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Another very well written and informative hub calicoaster, I had not heard of Ayurveda before, but feel I am now better informed on the subject, thanks to your hub. :)

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      ayurvedic-school 7 years ago from Foster City, CA

      Great Page! Keep up the good work ! Sharing the Wisdom of Ayurveda in such a concise way is wonderful! Come by our website and preview some classes !

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      calicoaster 8 years ago

      Thank you Sage!! :)

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      I really enjoyed this hub, very interesting and informative.

      Great Job!


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      calicoaster 8 years ago

      Thanks wordscribe41. :)

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      wordscribe41 8 years ago

      Wow, what a fascinating hub. This is not something I'm familiar with. I've become fascinated with alternative healing therapies as I've been investigating Reiki. Great information and nicely put together piece! Cheers.