What is AyurvedaPublished Date: 6/19/2021 2:37:01 AM
- Ayurveda is a leading alternative medicine and probably the most holistic medicine system existing. It translates to “Science of Life” and with its 5 000 years of history, Ayurveda is also the oldest known healing science — preserved until today in India, where it stems from. It was established by the same great Vedic seers and sages that invented Yoga and Meditation.
- Originally there were four main ancient books serving as the fundament for Ayurveda: the so-called Vedas which used to be secret knowledge of the Brahmans and were to be known by heart and passed on verbally. The Vedas are covering topics from health over surgery to ethical living. And while all of those books still form the basis of today’s ayurvedic knowledge, it is said that Ayurveda itself eventually evolved from the fourth book, the Atharva-Veda, which discusses spirituality as a healing aspect.
- Based on a combination of experience and philosophy Ayurvedic Medicine certainly has evolved over the thousands of years and has developed a consistent, separate philosophy while research and testing have helped to scientifically prove its conventions. Clearly, it has nothing to do with “primitive” rituals despite its age.
According to the Ashtānga Hridayam Ayurveda consists of eight disciplines:
- Kaya cikitsa: general medicine; research into symptoms and healing methods.
- Bala cikitsa: pediatrics; treatment of children and infants.
- Graha cikitsa: psychiatry; treatment of psychological disturbances.
- Urdhvannga cikitsa: treatment of eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
- Salya cikitsa: surgery; treatment of pathological disturbances.
- Damstra cikitsa: toxicology; treatment of animal inflicted wounds and poisoning.
- Jara cikitsa: geriatrics; treatment of aging.
- Vrsa cikitsa: sexology; treatment of impotence.
Ayurveda links mind, body, and soul:-
- Disease and health are both the result of the interaction of all three aspects: Body, Mind, and Spirit. And whatever we can do for our health ourselves is better than what others can.
- Like other traditional healing methods, Ayurveda follows a unified body-mind-spirit orientation to prevent illness and preserve life. It encompasses all aspects of mind and body that are relevant for human health; physically and mentally as well as spiritually and deals with the subtle relationships and links between body, mind, and environment. This approach differs significantly from Western Medicine which doesn’t seem to connect them. But it is not enough to make changes on the physical level only because everything is linked in one way or another. So constant good health and well being can’t be achieved by ignoring any of the parts but by achieving harmony between all of them. In Ayurveda, the mind-body link is the key to good health because it allows attacking the root causes of disease.
- “Many people find when they adopt an ayurvedic lifestyle, health problems disappear, energy levels rise, sleep improves and weight usually balances itself out without the need for [strict dietary regimes]”.
Ayurveda treats people individually and naturally
Rather than indifferently prescribing the same treatments and chemicals to all people Ayurveda treats people individually according to their constitution and personality which can’t be the same for any two persons. Every person is dominated by a unique combination of influencing energies (Tridosha Theory) which affect everyone slightly differently causing individual vulnerabilities and resistances.
So instead of chemically putting the fire out once it occurs Ayurveda focuses on preserving health by gently and naturally balancing energies and their influences to help people using their own self-healing powers.
The ayurvedic key method of preventing illness is a balanced and healthy diet attuned to your personal constitution. “Ayurvedic Diet” doesn’t mean strict rules and restraints as Westerners often understand diets. Ayurvedic diet is about methods for healthy and individually advantageous cooking; what might be perfectly good for one person could be less healthy for the next according to their constitutions. Ayurveda teaches that nearly all health problems can be tracked down to a subpar diet that deteriorates the body’s natural resources in the long term and manifests in one form or another. Therefore solving resistant health problems that Western Medicine is unable to clearly locate is often as easy as a change in diet. In addition to dietary balance as a means of a healthy lifestyle, Ayurveda has a comprehensive supportive system of natural treatments ranging from massages, Yoga and meditation, aroma- and sound therapy to herbal treatments and detoxifying therapies (“Panchakarma”). In fact, Ayurveda regards everything natural as potential medicine; so if anything acts as medicine or toxin only depends on the quantities taken.
In Ayurveda, the mind-body link is the key to good health because it allows attacking the root causes of disease.
“Many people find when they adopt an ayurvedic lifestyle, health problems disappear, energy levels rise, sleep improves and weight usually balances itself out without the need for [strict dietary regimes]”.
According to Ayurveda, health is a perfect state of balance among the body’s three fundamental energies, or doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), and an equally vital balance among body, mind, and the soul or consciousness.