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Ayurveda The traditional Indian system of Medicine

Updated on December 21, 2013

Dhanvantari- God of Ayurveda

Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is one of the ancient systems of Medicine. Its origin is in Indian subcontinent. It is the oldest continuously practiced system of medicine and it still have its importance. This systems consider man as a part of nature itself and treatment are based on this assumption. It uses medicines that are got from the nature itself. It is most widely used and practiced in India, Nepal, Srilanka and there are a lot of Western people who believes in this treatment.

Ayurveda is being practiced from pre-vedic period of 5000BC onwards. Charak samhitha and Sushruta Samhita are two classical Ayurvedic texts which were written around 1000BC. Rigveda and Atharva veda also discuss about this type of medicinal system. In Indian Epics also Ayurveda has its importance. In Both Ramayana and Mahabharatha the Medicinal plants are given their importance.


Ayurveda means ‘knowledge of a long living' or ‘Wisdom for living'. Ayurvedic treatment is not only based on physical condition but also give importance to astrological and environmental features such as seasons and weathers. In ayurveda the main priority is to the levels of energy(prana). There are 5 elements which is known as ‘panchabootha' by which all matters are made up of. They are Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Ether (space). Our senses are also five (‘Pancha Indriya'). Each of this senses correspondes to these five elements. They together give rise to 3 doshas Kapha, Vata, and Pitta. Each of this Doshas affect specific parts of body like Kapha affect lungs and chest.

In Ayurveda the detection of disease is based on the Doshas actually they are finding the imbalance in Doshas and this is the diagnosing technique. Person's life style has important affet in the balance of Doshas, hence it is much compelled that the patient have to follow some diet instructions given by the doctor like should not eat oily foods. Some exercises are also reffered.

For people who wish to study ayurveda, ayurveda classes are available mainly in kerala. It is also a professional degree course in Kerala.


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      sreelekshmi s 5 years ago

      dosha is 3 types vata pitta kapha .if there is any imbalance b/w them it start to vitiate and affect the normal fxn of body and produce disease....

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      The philosophy which is it the base of ayurveda is fascinating. I think that the occidental medicine could become complete if integrates with this ancient science.

      Very interesting topic.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I will visit an ayurveda clinic when I go to India. This is a great background. Thanks.

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      Reeshil N 8 years ago

      @ Tylo

      Think you are not aware of this System of medicine. It is the ancient system that was alone in practice here in India and all people got benefit of this system. Still Foreigners are coming to India for doing research on Ayurveda and also to get the benefits of Ayurveda. There are students who are studying ayurveda as their professional Degree courses under government institutes after writing entrance exams and also there are a lot licenced Ayurvedic Doctors all over India. And This system has proved through its history that many diseases that has no treatment in General Medicine can be treated with this ancient system. And some Referral Books of Ayurveda Scientifically explains the reasons and remedies for many diseases. If you are not still ready to accept these things browse on net for more details about Ayurveda. Then you will understand.

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      Tylo 8 years ago

      I do not intend to be harsh or something - but there are no approved therapeutic claims for these medicines and this alone is something users should be cautious of.

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      Bloggify 8 years ago

      Nice hub - some specific ayurvedic treatments would be nice

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      easetravels 9 years ago from INDIA,TAMILNADU

      Do you know about J & J dechane medicine. It is also like Ayur veda medicine only. It does not have side effects.It is useful for chronic cases also. I am planning to bring out an article about it soon.

      I hope dosha means type of disease?

      You have done an excellant job of promoting ayurveda.

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      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Good info about ayurveda.