Ayurveda is the most ancient therapy, all across the world. It literally means science of life. The word Ayurveda is the combination of two words of the Sanskrit Language, Ayu and Veda.
AYU means LIFE & VEDA menas KNOWLEDGE
WHOSE aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle, so that healthy people may remain healthy and those who suffer from any problem get treated by taking herbal drugs.
Now, Globalised and modernised practices derived from Ayurveda traditions offer a comprehensive treatment for various kind of ailments.
In the Western world the therapy is gaining lot of popularity due to its no side-affects. Ayurveda therapies and practices have been integrated even in general wellness applications like modern life style disorders.
Herbs are used in Ayurveda to bring balance to the doshas, and it helps to minimise or completely eradicate the disease.
A Bit of Background about Ayurveda
Ayurveda is about 6000 years old, with first time mentioned in the Rig Veda. The oldest book Sutrasthana by Mahrishi Charaka Samhita, refers ‘The three—body, mind and soul—like a tripod, the world stand by their combination.
A comprehensive health care is what this natural and alternative medicine prescribes for the ultimate self-realization.
Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond.
The verses of Rig Veda, the earliest source of ayurveda, refer to following 2 basic principles.
- Panchamahabhut (five basic elements of the entire creation),
- Three doshas are vata , pita and kaffa
The Rig Veda also mentions organ transplants and herbal remedies called soma with properties of elixir.
During 3,000 to 2,000 BC Atharvaved was authored and ayurveda was part of it. Though it had been practised all along. It enlists eight branches/divisions of ayurveda:
- Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine),
- Shalakya Tantra (surgery and treatment of head and neck)
- Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology),
- Shalya Tantra (Surgery),
- Agada Tantra (Toxicology),
- Bhuta Vidya (Psychiatry),
- Kaumarabhritya (Pediatrics),
- Rasayana (science of rejuvenation or anti-aging),
- Vajikarana (the science of fertility).
Though ayurveda came into being as an independent upaveda of Atharva Veda, it has close links with other Vedas also. The Yajur Veda, which recommends rituals to pacify the panchamahabhuts in a view to heal both the Cosmic Being and the individual soul, is related to ayurveda in its principles and regulations of lifestyle. .
Around 15,00 BC ayurveda was delineated into to two distinct schools: Atreya—The School of Physicians, and Dhanvantari—The School of Surgeons. This made ayurveda a more systematically classified medical science, hereafter. Dhanvantari, who is considered to be a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, was the guiding sage of ayurveda. He made this science of health and longevity popular and widely acceptable. In fact, these two schools of thought led to the writing of two major books on ayurveda—Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita.
< PS : Results may vary from person to person based on his/her body type and combination of doshas >