* What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda (A complete science of life) is an ancient and traditional science originated from India. It literally means “a science of life and longetivity”. It is the oldest health care system in the world. It is a qualitative, holistic science of health, a philosophy and a system of healing the whole person, the body and the mind.
Millions of Indians and people across the world believe in AYURVEDA to be the most effective form of medicine that provides long lasting cure to many common and chronic diseases. Yoga and Meditation are given importance in Ayurveda.
The principles of Ayurveda are an invaluable link to understanding, in detail, naturally healthy living. People everywhere are realizing the importance and benefits of taking personal responsibility for one’s own well being, making Ayurveda the perfect system of health knowledge for today’s world.
* When is Ayurveda Originated?
The Origin of Ayurveda in India is contemplated to have a history of more than 6,000 years. It is the oldest health care system in the world. During the early years of Ayurveda, philosophy and medicine were not separated. Therefore, philosophical views have strongly influenced the Ayurvedic way of thinking.
* Why Ayurveda?
Ayurveda has a proven record of treating innumerable number of diseases in the most natural way. The knowledge of Ayurveda is the culmination of the wisdom of sages and the thousands of years of research done by the practitioners of Ayurveda.
As the system of Ayurveda uses all natural herbs and medicines, that are tried and tested over thousands of years, it would have NO side effects on the human body.
As Ayurveda is known as a science of life, to know more about it, we must know how Ayurveda defines life? In Ayurveda, Life is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul. Ayurveda is not just limited to the knowledge of physical body but it gives us a comprehensive knowledge about Spiritual, mental and social health.
The words like soul and spirituality might sound outdated or create a negative thinking in some of you as they have no place in modern science. As soon as we hear about these topics, we become uncomfortable. Actually, I don’t feel that it is our fault. No one has ever spoken about these things to us. We are always trapped in the attractions of outer material world to become happy and peaceful.
The modern society, education, culture and the television- everything speaks about materialism. If this was everything why is it so that most us are unhappy? There is unrest, anxiety, mental tension, fighting and terror everywhere despite best efforts being made to stop them. This is because some part of our body and mind are not being nourished properly and the modern health system does not deal much with anything apart from treating physical ailments.
* What is Unique about Ayurveda?
Ayurveda offers reference points for managing treatment decisions specific to each case. Ayurvedic theory is profoundly useful in analysing individual patient constitution and understanding variations in disease manifestation. The Ayurvedic framework can be used to structure working models of the unique state of each patient, and to project a vision or goal for a whole state of health, again unique to each case.
Ayurveda offers specific recommendations to each individual on lifestyle, diet, exercise and yoga, herbal therapy, and even spiritual practices to restore and maintain balance in body and mind. Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship.
This understanding that we are all unique individuals enables Ayurveda to address not only specific health concerns but also offers explanation as to why one person responds differently than another.
* The legend of Ayurveda?
The origin of this system ofcourse is lost in time. In the legend it is said that Ayurveda has been taught by the creator, Brahma, to the Prajapati Daksha (One of the lords of the animals) who taught it in turn to the divine twins called the Ashwini kumars.
Ashwini kumars are the heavenly healers. They taught Ayurveda to Indra, the chief of the shining ones. When mankind started suffering from various diseases, a wise man like Bharadvaja learnt the knowledge of medicine from Indra. Gradually the huge amount of knowledge accumulated was divided systematically into different branches.
* What is Ayurveda?