Ayurveda is a holistic system
of healing which evolved among the Brahmin sages of ancient
India some 3000-5000 years ago. There are several aspects of
this system of medicine which distinguish it from other approaches
to health care:
1. It focuses on establishing
and maintaining balance of the life energies within us, rather
than focusing on individual symptoms.
2. It recognizes the unique
constitutional differences of all individuals and therefore
recommends different regimens for different types of people.
Although two people may appear to have the same outward symptoms,
their energetic constitutions may be very different and therefore
call for very different remedies.
3. Ayurveda is a complete medical
system which recognizes that ultimately all intelligence and
wisdom flows from one Absolute source (Paramatman). Health
manifests by the grace of the Absolute acting through the
laws of Nature (Prakriti). Ayurveda assists Nature by promoting
harmony between the individual and Nature by living a life
of balance according to her laws.
4. Ayurveda describes three
fundamental universal energies which regulate all natural
processes on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels.
That is, the same energies which produce effects in the various
galaxies and star systems are operating at the level of the
human physiology--in your own physiology. These three universal
energies are known as the Tridosha.
5. Finally, the ancient Ayurvedic
physicians realized the need for preserving the alliance of
the mind and body and offers mankind tools for remembering
and nurturing the subtler aspects of our humanity. Ayurveda
seeks to heal the fragmentation and disorder of the mind-body
complex and restore wholeness and harmony to all people.
Of Ayurvedic Medicine
Classically, Ayurvedic Medicine
was conceptualized and practiced as eight major clinical subspecialties
of medicine in addition to numerous adjunctive specialties.
The eight major subspecialties continue to be taught today and
Internal Medicine (Kayachikitsa)
General Surgery (Shalya Tantra)
Pediatrics and Obstetric/Gynecology (Kaumarabhrtya)
Toxicology (Agada Tantra)
Nutrition, Detoxification and Rejuvenation
Fertility and Virility (Vajikarana)
For every disease, there is information
about: definition, etiology, prodrome, clinical symptoms, pathophysiology,
prognosis, principles of treatment, medicines, diet, lifestyle
recommendations, and even etymology. This approach is strikingly
similar to that of modern medicine and even more comprehensive.
Over the last century, Ayurvedic
Medicine has experienced a rebirth and has continued to evolve
its holistic approach to health in accordance with modern needs
and scientific advances of the day. Today, modern Ayurveda also
Kulam Svastyam Kutumbakam: Principles
of Preventative Healthcare For the Entire Family
Sangakara Chikitsa: Treatment of Addictions.
Includes strategies for defeating addictions to alcohol,
tobacco, sexual behavior, and food.
Panchakarma Chikitsa: Purification
and Rejuvenation Treatments. Prescribed with respect
to one's individual nature, work, social circumstance, age,
Sthaulya Chikitsa: The Ayurvedic Approach
To Diet and Weight Loss. This discipline covers practical
and effective approaches to maintain a healthy weight through
constitutionally-determined diet, exercise, herbs, spices,
teas, breathing, and psychological aids.
Vatavyadhi Chikitsa: Specific
treatment plans for the diseases of Vata origin which affect
the musculoskeletal system and nervous system (joints, bones,
muscles, nerves) Examples include but are not limited to:
osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, multiple sclerosis,
spondylosis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue
of self-healing and resistance to disease (i.e. immunity)
as per your age, sex, occupation, nature, daily routine,
medical history, mental status, season, and region.
Vajikarana: Specific remedies
for Male infertility and impotence as well as Female infertility.
Saundarya Sadhana: Beauty and
cosmetic treatments for men and women, including skin, hair,
eyes, posture, body odor, and general appearance.
"Man who say it
cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it."
- Chinese Proverb
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