Ayurveda is the natural healing system of India. In Sanskrit, the word "Ayurveda" means 'science of life'. Ayu means life or daily living, and Veda means knowing.
Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedas, one of the the world's oldest literature.
The Vedic system, including Ayurveda was in practice before 4000 B.C.
Vedic science also includes Yoga, meditation and astrology as its branches for dealing with physical body.
Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health, and a diseased person to regain health. It is both a medical and metaphysical healing science.
It includes herbal medicines, dietetics, bodywork, surgery, psychology and spirituality.
In Ayurveda the creative force 'Dhanvantari' the divine healer, symbolizes Brahma.
All Ayurveda literature is based on the Samkya philosophy of creation. 'Sat' means 'truth' and 'Kya' means 'to seek', to know.
The ancient Rishis, or realized beings, discovered truth by means of religious practices, disciplines and through intensive meditations. Rishis and sages like Shushrutacharya, Charakacharya, Vagbaht, Sarangdhar etc. created great commentaries, contributing their efforts and insights to make it available to all of us.
Ayurveda is concerned with eight principle branches of medicines, collectively called 'Ashtang Ayurveda'. They are pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, geriatrics, otolaryngology, general medicine and surgery.
All these medical specialties are addressed according to theories of five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), the Tridoshas or bodily humors (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), the seven Dhatus or bodily tissues, the three Malas or waste (urine, stool and sweat), and spiritual growth.
Any imbalance between body, mind and environment begins the process of disease.
The treatment not only works on the disease but also emphasizes achieving more health, longevity and awareness.
There are various treatments including a daily regime, Meditations, Pranayama, Yoga, balanced diet according to the body type, the attributes, the medicines, and a variety of cleansing process called Panchakarma, Shirodhara, Rasayani, Vajikaran, etc.
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