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Ayurveda - The Oldest Medical System

Updated on March 11, 2015


Ayurveda and Health
Ayurveda and Health | Source

Ayurveda - an Indian medical system.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing science developed from prehistoric times. It is the gift from the antiquated Vedic-civilization.

In which life lived completely in harmony with natural law. Ayurveda is a division of the Hindu Vedas. It is the accumulated knowledge of the ancient people of the Indian subcontinent.

This systematic procedure has practiced medicine in India for more than 6000 years. Ayurveda teaches to focus on the ill individual. Not to the functional disorder.

Which gives us a means for coming close to an answer to our health problems. And that makes all the variation.

Art of Ayurveda

Ayurveda Quote
Ayurveda Quote

Understand 'Vedas'

The Vedas are one of the oldest and most revered written scriptures of knowledge. The messages of the Vedas were learned by heart. They created in the form of hymns and pass along from generation to generation.

The Vedas says that the Supreme one created the universe. He created out of love and care for mankind. He gave the Vedas to all humanity through the Rishis or prophets of wisdom. There are four Vedas - Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda including Adharvanaveda. They have come down to us through thousands of years of oral communication. Before once and for all put down in writing.

THE RIG VEDA: The foundation stone of the other Vedas. It contains ten books called Mandalas. It has 1028 Suktas or hymns and a total of 10572 verses.

THE YAJUR VEDA: It has 1975 stanzas in 40 chapters of both verse and prose.

THE SAMA VEDA: It has 1800 verses repeated from the Rig veda and 75 original verses.

THE ADHARVANA VEDA: It has 5977 verses, with 731 suktas.

All the Vedas enclose references to Ayur Vedic notions. But, the Adharvana Veda holds more of these. Ayurveda measured to be a supplementary teaching of the Adharvana Veda.

Ayurveda Theory

Ayurveda Theory
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Ayurveda and Five Element Theory

Ayurveda is again and again linked with herbs. In actual detail it has a huge picture that includes, among other things. Such as Yoga and Panchakarma. Diet and digestion are revolving on which most of its conjectures based. Both in physiology as well as in pathology. The basic philosophy of Ayurveda based on the five element theory.

From this theory develops the notion of controlling forces (doshas). Which act on the tissuses (Dhatus), giving increase to various metabolic products (malas). The Ayurveda has cut down the layout of the human body into three basic mechanisms. That includes Dosas, Dhatus and Malas.

The five rudiments: Earth (prithivi), Water (jal), Fire (agni), Air (vayu) and Space (akash). All matters in the universe made up of these elements.

The earth represents the hard state, water the liquid state. The air connected gaseous state, fire the transforming (force) state. And space is at the same time the source of all matters and the space in which it lives.

A momentous concept of Ayurveda is that each individual is dissimilar. This gives him or her a precise constitution. And also an individual way of interrelating with the surroundings. As a result, every one knows best what fits his or her body and what does not.

It is true that a person may not prejudiced by the changing climate. But an older person may become stiff with rheumatism at the faint aroma of a cool breeze. Ayurveda tells us of the clear structure work. In which we can arrange our life habits to optimize our physical duties. in what is pin down as ritucharya and dinacharha.

Selected Book on Ayurveda

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda
Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda

Vasant Lad, author of this book is an Ayurvedic Doctor he gives an idea of Ayurveda in an inspirational way. This book gives all information from basic to great depth insight on this ancient medical system.


Ayurveda Treatment

Ayurveda Treatment
Ayurveda Treatment | Source

History of Ayurveda

Anywhere in the fourteenth century, due to dissimilar Socio-Political motives, Ayurveda stopped growing. It has fossilized into an 'alternative' system of medicine. Succeeding Mugal and British invasions, subdued the scientific dedication of this system.

It bruised only because it was a part of every man's life. His way of living presided over by these rules. But this medication was not growing, instead it got relegated to the backbenches.

Another main cause for the change in outlook towards Ayurveda was the language. In which it's written. Sanskrit, although a commanding language, understood by few people today. These Sanskrit stanzas are open to different explanations. Because of the nature of the language in which they are written.

To quote an example, the word Rasa can have 13 dissimilar meanings. It depends on the context in which it's used. For instance, Rasa means 'sap', 'juice', the 'body fluid', the 'primordial tissue', etc. This has led to different ways of practicing Ayurveda. It depends on the ways in which the stanzas interpreted and taught.

Further, translations into the more understood dialect languages only added to the perplexity. Today, the sum and substance of Ayurvedic treatment are out of reach. Which is the tune of lifestyle.

The life style of society has changed. And with it, dietary habits and day-to-day life of the people also changed. It is the jet age of capsules and injections. The gentle 'Kadhas' and slow acting 'Guttis' seems cumbersome and out of place.

Anyhow, we find that this system's comeback. At least in some pockets and perhaps in different grab. Now we find that Ayurveda draws attention of the common man and professionals alike. Now people are returning to Ayurveda system of medication. Not only for treatment, but also for providing the lead to research.

An Ayurveda practitioner applying oils using head massage.
An Ayurveda practitioner applying oils using head massage. | Source

Ayurveda And Human Potential

Ayurveda gives an idea that a human being is a microcosm, a world within himself. He is a baby of the cosmic energies of the external conditions, the macrocosm. His unique survival is permanent from the entire cosmic sign.

Ayurveda prospects good condition and "diseases" in holistic expressions. Taking into concern the indigenous relationship between personal and cosmic spirit. Human being and cosmic knowledge, power and matter.

Ayurveda says, every living soul has four biological, as well as spiritual senses. spiritual, economic, procreative also the natural tendency towards freedom. Balanced fit health is the basis for the fulfillment of this natural tendency.

Ayurveda helps the healthy person to keep up health. And the unhealthy person to retrieve healthy. It is a pharmaceutical, mystical healing, life-science, the mother of all healing arts. The tradition of Ayurveda intended to support human happiness, fitness and inventive growth.

Ayurveda, yoga and Tantra, are the old life- styles. They have practiced in India for thousands of years. They referred in the scriptures of the Vedas as well as the Upanishads. The goal of Ayurveda is to improve the human longevity, revitalization and self-realization. No one of this system stand alone.


Ayurvedic Medicine

How the Ayurvedic Medicine works
How the Ayurvedic Medicine works | Source

Ayurveda, Yoga and Tantra

Thus, Ayurveda, Yoga, Tantra act as an interdependent threesome of life. The health of the body, mind and awareness depends as the knowledge and application. Still, Ayurveda can employ beyond all expectation by anyone. For the implementation of sound physical state and long life.

Through analyzing the Ayurveda, the practical experience of self-healing may obtained by anyone. By the balance of all forces in the body, the means of physical decline and illness can cut down.

This theory is primarily to Ayurveda Science: The ability of the person for self-healing. In the holy growth of a man, Ayurveda is the ulterior motive. Yoga is the heart and Tantra are the head.

Yoga is the branch of knowledge of joining with the Divine, with truth. Tantra is the most on target method of managing the energy. That cause to be the final association with truth and Ayurveda are the art of life.

The object of the systems of Yoga and Tantra is liberation. Although only a few controlled human beings are able to make it. This ultimate intention through these methods.

It is inevitable to learn Ayurveda to meet the applications of Yoga and Tantra. In Such A Way, Ayurveda, Yoga, Tantra act as an interdependent threesome of life. The health of the body, mind and awareness depends as the knowledge. And also usage of those three in daily life.

Amla in Ayurveda

 'An Amla a day, keeps disease at bay'
'An Amla a day, keeps disease at bay' | Source

More About Ayurveda

The Magico-Religious aspect of medicine in the vedas supplemented by methodical thinking. The scholars from succeeding generations gave a sound, rational foothold of philosophy to Ayurveda.

The material of Vedas collected, subjected to inflexible tests of effectiveness and systematical arrangements. Such collections called "Samhitas". Many of these collections no longer exist. Only three genuine works have stood the test of time and are accessible today.

The Charaka Samhitha, Sushruta Samhitha and Ashtanga Hirudaya Samhitha. The Brihatrayi as it's called, has much reputation for the last two thousand years. Although these texts have undergone some alteration by various authors in succeeding periods.

Their existing form is at least 1500 years old. The texts are all in the Sanskrit language. To considerate a subject is always better by appreciating its past. Let us glimpse at the history of Ayurveda Medicine which makes for interesting reading.

The Story goes that Ayurveda trained to Rishi Bharatwaj with Lord Indira. The sage had collected on the snow clad slopes of the Himalayas. For discussing ways for alleviating human misery caused by disease.

Bharatwaj chosen to symbolize mankind and he came near the gods. Knowing man's limited aptitude, Lord Indira taught him the principles. Ayurveda separated into eight branches:

Kayachikitsa : Internal Medicine

Balarogachikitsha : Pediatrics' and gynecology

Shalyachikitsha : Surgery

Shalakyachikitsha : ENT Surgery

Agadatantra :Toxicology

Rasayanachikitsha : Rejuvenations

Vajikaranachikitsha : Study of sexual function and reproduction

Manasrogachikitsha : Psychiatry.

Note how developed was the system of pediatrics and geriatrics in those old times. It is sarcastic that gerontology is now its 'infancy' as far as modern medicine goes. In each of these branches the importance was on prevention. Yet methods to identify and cure diseases were also given.

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      5 years ago

      I found this lens highly interesting, and I want to learn more about this subject now. I will be checking out one of the books you recommend above.

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      5 years ago

      Ayurveda cured me when I was suffering morning sickness and many other symptoms of malaise during pregnancy. I sought out an Ayurvedic Dr. because I did not want to use pharmaceuticals during pregnancy and I was suffering a great deal from my symptoms. I was put on a diet by this Ayurvedic Dr. that made all of my symptoms disappear. BUT if I did not eat according to my diet just one meal- the symptoms would return! It made me a believer and I strive to incorporate Ayurvedic principles in my everyday life :) It has also cured my eczema which I have had since childhood etc...I am still learning and look forward to keep learning about Ayurveda throughout my life:)

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      5 years ago

      This is my return visit, because I love Ayurveda and what it has done for my life and my hair. Thanks, Sukkran!

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      6 years ago

      I will never ever go back to aromatherapy again. I will be doing ayurveda for life. Thank you so much Sukkran!

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      6 years ago

      Brilliant lens on Ayurveda, thank you very much.

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      6 years ago

      This was informative and helpful. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      You're definitely my mentor, Sukkran. Thanks a million!

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Came back to post this on FaceBook. - God Bless! :)

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      6 years ago

      Returning with a sprinkling of angel dust for this excellent teaching on Ayurveda.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. I am going to try.

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      6 years ago

      You've covered it all in this lens. Nice job.

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      6 years ago

      Nice write up about ayurveda. I've been wanting to try but can't find a local practitioner.

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      6 years ago

      I knew little about Ayurveda. It was very interesting to read this post.

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      7 years ago

      What I love about Ayurveda is that it takes the holistic approach to treat man as a whole : Body, Mind and Soul. A clinical package deal.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful lens on Ayurveda ~ coming from India, I am aware of this natural form of medicine and support it. Blessings! :)

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      7 years ago

      Wish more research and practical usage may bring Ayurveda in the main stream like Allopathy. A very informative and useful lens that highlights the merit of Ayurveda.

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      Great lens! Ayurvedic medicine based on herbs is available in Kuwait :)

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      7 years ago

      I want to experience Ayurveda. It seems a good way to relax the body.

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      Fascinating and well done!

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      Informative Lens on Traditional Indian Science of Medicine.

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      Wonderful lens. Feel happy and relaxing with Ayurveda. Thanks for sharing .. sukkran. 5 stars for you :)

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      Great Lens. Very informative. Thank you for posting. Come by our lens if you want to get more ayurvedic info and watch some videos!!

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      some great information

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      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very interesting subject and a great lens. 5*****. I had never heard of this before, but unlike 30 years ago when even acupuncture was poo-pooed in the west, alternative and more natural health treatments are more common, and they work.

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      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

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      Nice lens.

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      10 years ago

      I am fortunate to live very close to the Chopra Center so have learned a lot about ayurveda.

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