Ayurveda means Knowledge of Life and its ancient origins date back approximately 5000 years. The basis of Ayurveda is the art of appropriate living with the goal of achieving longevity. This requires attaining a balanced state of body and mind by way of focusing on long-term health maintenance of health and disease prevention.
‘Ayurveda’ is composed of two words ‘Ayu’ and ‘Veda’. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So, the two words combine to give the meaning ‘the science of life’ or ‘the knowledge about life’ or ‘a sensible way of living’. The word ‘ayu’ does not denote the sense of age as commonly understood, but it embraces the specific meaning (i.e.) the life that is the combination of body, mind, sense organs and soul.
Ayurveda is based on the belief that each person is a unique combination of three primary life forces or “doshas” known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Imbalances in these doshas are thought to be the root cause of disease, and treatments focus on restoring balance through diet, lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and other therapies.
Ayurveda is the knowledge that indicates the appropriate and inappropriate in life, the happy and sorrowful condition of living, what is auspicious or inauspicious for longevity, as well as the measure of life (life span) itself. Ayurveda is also a system of medicine in the sense that it systematizes and applies the knowledge about health and diseases, (i.e.) of balanced and imbalanced states of living beings and how imbalanced states can be corrected and the restored balance maintained. Ayurveda embraces all aspects of wellbeing of living creatures -physically, mentally, and spiritually.
According to Ayurveda, health is not merely considered to be a state of freedom from ailments or diseases, but rather a state of enjoying uninterrupted physical, mental and spiritual happiness and fulfilment.
AIM OF AYURVEDA
The aim of Ayurveda can be categorized into two.
- Relief of misery of the diseased or suffering people.
- Preservation of health of healthy people
UNIQUE FEATURES OF AYURVEDA
- Finding the root cause of the disease. In Modern medicine, more attention is paid to correcting the afflicted part of the body. But in Ayurveda, while treating a disease, the individual as a “whole” is taken into consideration. Not only the condition of other parts of his body, the condition of his mind and soul are also considered while treating. So once the root of the disease is cured, chances of recurrence of the disease are rare.
- Medicines are free from toxicity. Ayurvedic medicines have centuries of traditional experience, which shows that they don’t have any side effects.
- The same treatments can be done for the diseased as well as the healthy people. Drugs of modern medicines, except vitamins and minerals are meant only for the patients. But all Ayurvedic medicines and massages can be used simultaneously both by the patients as well as healthy people. In patients, they cure the diseases and in healthy individuals, they produce immunity against diseases and thereby preserve health.
- Psychosomatic concept of diseases. Diseases according to Ayurveda are not considered exclusively psychic or somatic. Psychic factors are always described as causes of somatic diseases and vice versa. This has given rise to a psychosomatic concept of all diseases, which means the relationship between the body and mind. In such cases when we do the treatment for the mind, the body diseases also will improve.
- Prevention is the key. Emphasis on preventive medicine. If mental, personal, and public hygiene is exercised, diseases can be safely avoided. Discipline, decency, and devotion help to maintain the equilibrium of body and mind and develop resistance power to fight any disease. In Ayurveda several do’s and don’ts are prescribed for healthy individuals. Regimes for different parts of the day, night and different seasons, for people of different age groups and social status are described in great details. There are many drugs, which increase the resistance power of the body against diseases and rejuvenate the body.
- Provides all the benefits of Nature. Ayurveda is near to nature. Various plants, metals, minerals, animal products, etc. are used for the treatment of various diseases. According to Ayurveda, everything found in nature is medicine in one way or the other. Even the sun, mud and water can be used in treatment. So, it is very near to nature. This is based on the theory that the whole universe is composed of five elements.
- Breathing and Exercise go well together. Yoga and Ayurveda Yoga is an integral part of Ayurveda. The rapid industrialization and technological advances have made life fast and artificial. Pollution and adulteration have vitiated his surroundings and environment. Man’s mind is full of stress and strain, which create hormonal imbalance and functional disharmony. Yogic practices release man’s stress and strains and Ayurvedic practices restore his hormonal and functional normalcy and correct the susceptibility to environmental variation and behavioral fluctuations. So, Yoga is an exercise for the body as well as the mind. Different yogic postures help to improve the flexibility of the body and meditation can be done in any comfortable posture.
- Ayurveda and other systems of medicine Ayurveda maintain an open and liberal attitude towards other systems of medicines. It accepts the good concepts of others like modern laboratory investigations, x-rays, scanning, etc.
- Variety of medicines. In Ayurveda, there are lots of medicines for a single disease. We need to choose the correct one according to the patient’s body constitution and disease.
Our Ayurveda Health Consultation services starts with an evaluation of your general physical health. Ayurveda recognizes that each person has a unique mind-body constitution and therefore requires a thorough assessment of your personal and medical history, including questions about daily diet, profession and working conditions, exercise routines, relationships, and mental health.
This process is part of our clinic’s normal intake process and initial consultation and consists of:
- Inspection – Here just on seeing the patient itself gives a rough idea about the disease he is suffering.
- Palpation – More details of the disease will be got when the doctor touches the patient.
- Questioning or interrogation- Asking questions to the patient about the disease can also help in making a correct selection of therapies.
The factors to be checked before recommending the appropriate medicine are as follows:
- The cause of the disease
- The place – the place where the patient is living as well as the part of the body affected with the disease.
- The strength – the body strength of the patient as well as the strength or severity of the disease.
- The season in which the disease occurred, or the disease is aggravating.
- The digestive power or the Agni
- The body constitution or the Prakruti
- The age
- The mental strength
- The aggravating and relieving factors or the things that cause allergies in the body.
- The diet of the patient
Upon evaluation, we will recommend self-care goals often in the form of an Ayurvedic detox (also known as Nasya) that is tailored to your individual needs. This may include yoga, nutrition, and herbal medicines (herb fluid extract, herbal powder, and capsules).