Friday, June 15, 2012

Basics Of Ayurveda

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What is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: (Ayu+Veda)
‘Ayu’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means the knowledge of. To know about life is Ayurveda. 
Thus ayurveda is more than just a medical system. It is a Science of Life.


          “Hita ahitam sukham dukham ayu tasya hita ahitam
          Maanam cha tat cha yatroktham Ayurveda sah uchyatae”
                                                                         (Charaka Samhitha)

ü The science which describes the beneficial and non-beneficial, happy and unhappy states of life, things good and bad for life, the measurement of the above said factors and the life itself is called Ayurveda.
ü The knowledge contained in Ayurveda deals with the nature, scope and purpose of the life, Ayurveda embraces the metaphysical and physical, health and disease, happiness and sorrow, pain and pleasure.
ü Ayurveda is that which deals with Ayu (life) or promotes life-span.
ü Ayurveda is that which deals with good, bad, happy and unhappy life, its promoters and non-promoters, span and nature.

Why Ayurveda?

The World Health Organization has reported that in fifty years all the organisms, which are currently sensitive to the existing antibiotics, will become resistant. Thus the way of Ayurveda shows wisdom, as it is impossible to have drugs to kill all the harmful organisms, but instead the answer lies in strengthening the immunity of the individual to deal with the problems effectively.
It focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of the life energies within us, rather than focusing on individual symptoms.

Highlights of ayurveda

ü 100% natural, thus very minimal/no side effects.
ü  Completely cures the root cause of disease, thus prevents reoccurrence. 
ü  The only science which not only deals with the curing and prevention of the disease, but also helps in  preservation of health. 
ü  Ayurveda is fast & cost effective treatment when whole treatment time and cost is taken in account. 
ü  Ayurveda treats the person as a whole and not a single disease.

Goal/Aim  of ayurveda

The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:
·         To protect health and prolong life ("Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam")
·         To eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body ("Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha")
Ayurveda provides both curative and preventive measures towards optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

In Ayurveda the whole life’s journey is considered to be sacred.
Thus goal of life is true freedom from death and disease; enjoyment of uninterrupted physical, mental, and spiritual happiness and fulfillment. But you stand to lose your ability to enjoy life if you overindulge, and disease is one of nature’s way of saying you’ve overindulged.

 Either you limit yourself or Mother Nature will limit you.

Definition of health in ayurveda

A healthy person is, "he whose doshas are in balance, appetite is good, all tissues of the body and all natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body and spirit are cheerful."
Thus ayurveda definition of health comprises all the aspects of WHO definition of health, which states that –
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’