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About Ayurveda

                                                                 

                                                       The  term  Ayurveda  is  derived  from  two Sanskrit words Ayur (Life) and Veda (Science). Thus, Ayurveda means ” Science of life and longevity”. Ayurveda originated in 10th century  B.C. This is a very unique healthcare system that brings the body , mind and soul to a perfect harmony with the nature in a complete naturalistic method .

                                                     Kerala is said to be the  land of ayurveda where ayurveda is practiced with absolute dedication   .Thus almost all contemporary treatment procedures and protocols of ayurveda have evolved in kerala.  For example kerala vaidyas ( traditional ayurvedic practitioners) were the first to focus on the antioxident properties of abhyanga,the use of kizhi, pizichil etc.

                                                    Ayurvedic philisophy is based on the theories like :_

Panchamahabhuta siddhantha:- i.e. all objects and living bodies are composed of  5 basic elements – earth,water, fire, air and sky.

Thridoshasiddhanta :- ie human body is made up of 3 humours – vata, pitta and kapha. The equilibrium of thridosha  makes the perfect healthy body.

 In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) – more specially a whole medical system. As with other such systems, it is based on theories of health and illness and on ways to prevent, manage, or treat health problems.

Ayurveda has Eight branches in it hence called “Astana ayurveda” 

  Kaaya Chikitsa (Internal Medicine),

Baala Chikitsa (Treatment  of Children / Pediatrics),

Graha Chikitsa (Psychology),

 Urdhvaanga Chikitsa (Treatment of disease above  the clavicle)

Shalya Chikitsa (Surgery),

Damstra Chikitsa (Toxicology)

 Jara Chikitsa (Geriatrics,  Rejuvenation)

Vrsha Chikitsa (Aphrodisiac therapy)

 

Key Concepts of Ayurvedic system:

  • The aim of Ayurvedic system is to integrate the body mind and spirit. This believed to prevent illness and promote wellness.
  • Ayurvedic system uses a variety of products and techniques to cleanse the body and restore balance.
  • Ayurvedic system includes balancing tridosha (three body humors), Saptha dhathu (seven body constituents), trimala ( three types of body waste) and triguna (three Characteristics of mind).
  • Constitution (prakriti); Ayurvedic system also has specific beliefs about the body’s constitution. Constitution refers to a person’s general health, the likelihood of becoming out of balance, and the ability to resist and recover from health problems. The constitution is called the prakriti. The prakriti is a person’s unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics and the way the body functions to maintain health. It is influenced by such factors as digestion and how the body deals with toxins. The prakriti is believed to be unchanged over a person’s lifetime.
  • Ayurvedic system goals include eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, and reducing worry and increasing harmony in the patient’s life.
  • Body balance is maintained through food and food supplements and external procedures.

 

” Stay Harmonious in health and Stay harmonious in life”a7

             AIM OF AYURVEDA

swasthasya  swaasthya  samrakshanam  aathurasya  roga  nivaranam  

                                                                               The aim of ayurveda is to preserve and rejuvenate the healthy and alleviate the disease of the sick . Ayurvedic treatments aims at balancing the doshas to neutralise  the disease. It is not like how western medicine  classifies each    disease and identifies each pathogens.Treating these pathogens only reduces the symptoms of body temporarily,not   the underlying root cause of the disease.The fundamentals of ayurveda tells us a lot of things like life style    management and dietary changes  to maintain the health and also neutralise the vitiated doshas.

Ayurveda life regimens are simple, non invasive, non traumatic and they generally do not interfere with other forms of treatments.They can often be taken along with allopathic medicine.They can enhance any therapy     physical or psychological.Self care methods mainly help in pacifying (shamana)  the doshas . For diseases, ayurveda supplements them with elimination ( sodhana)    methods  like Panchakarma.

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