India – The land of Ayurveda
The ancient science of Ayurveda had its origins in India nearly 5000 years ago & the first recorded forms of Ayurveda as medical texts evolved from the Vedas, especially the Atharva Veda. Ancient sages (Rishis) were the main practitioners of Ayurveda which has been carried down by their descendants through generations. Ayurveda as a system of medicine had a rationale logical foundation and has survived despite all odds from remote antiquity to the present day.
The term Ayurveda is derived from the two words ‘Ayu’ (‘age’ or ‘life’) and ‘Veda’ (‘Science or knowledge) making it the Science of Life. All aspects of Ayurveda centers round a close understanding of life and respects the intricate relationship between the many aspects of human life, both physical as well as mental and spiritual. The past two centuries has seen a major change in the world of medicine. Even though new medicines, equipment and technologies have brought in positive developments & has eradicated most of the diseases that caused havoc in the past centuries, a new set of generation next diseases called “Lifestyle diseases” have now become omnipresent due to the fast paced life of people.
According to the Ayurvedic principles, the human body comprises of five basic elements- earth, fire, water, air and ether (space). As each of these elements is also present in the atmosphere surrounding humans, it is assumed that their combination affects the human body and mind. The three humors; Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha & Kapha Dosha are collectively called as “Tridoshas” and they control the basic physiological functions of the body & it is said that the combination of these elements cause Doshas (Humors) affect our health…
These combinations include:
|Name||Combination||Adverse effects on:|
|Vata Dosha||Ether + Air||Nervous System, Circulation, Elimination & Respiration|
|Pitta Dosha||Fire + Water||Digestion & Metabolism|
|Kapha Dosha||Water + Earth||Growth & Immunity|
Ancient Ayurvedic texts state that for a healthy state of health, a balance between the three Doshas and other factors should be maintained. Ayurveda is based on the fact that each individual is a unique combination of the Doshas, and any imbalance in this combination is the ultimate cause of all diseases. Achieving a perfect balance between the nature elements and Tridoshas is done through treatments of Ayurveda. A customized cleansing process, tailor-made specifically for the affected individual is done.
The Panchakarma treatment in Ayurveda aims to treat the disease by eliminating accumulated toxins from the body. Panchakarma can take many different forms, ranging from special diets and oil massages to therapeutic vomiting and purgation.
Many other Ayurvedic treatments are also done for weight loss, & treat lifestyle diseases caused by bad food habits, physical inactivity, wrong body posture, disturbed metabolism and also addictions like Drug abuse, Tobacco smoking, Alcohol consumption.
Ayurveda nowadays takes on more prominence due to its ability to tackle lifestyle diseases with zero side effects. Yoga or meditation along with Ayurvedic medicines & diet form a powerful combination to eliminate diseases from our body. More and more people are resorting to Ayurveda & Yoga as an alternative to Allopathic medicine as Ayurveda considers every individual as the prime focus of treatment rather than the disease.