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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda – the most ancient Indian medical health care science, its antiquity going back to the Vedas, and it is considered the Upveda of Atharvaveda. In sanskrit language ‘Ayu’ means ‘Life’and ‘Veda’ means‘Science or Knowledge’. So ‘Ayu-veda’ means ‘The Science or Knowledge of Life’. It is a system of herbal medicine considered more than 5000 years old. Ayurveda is a pro-nature diet and lifestyle oriented health-science system which is strongly promotive and preventive. The science considers and cares for an individual’s soul, body and mind all together as a single unit. Ayurveda provides the knowledge to lead a good life by reducing the chances of illness, and if illness does happen, the safest way for a complete cure. Ayurveda is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective, traditional health science.

Lord Dhanwantri

“I don’t wish for a kingdom, heaven or rebirth, I wish to help people suffering from pain and other health problems.”
– Lord Dhanwantri

Why is Ayurveda important for your health?

  • Emphasizes and promotes prevention, rather than cures.
  • Treats a person as a whole, considering mind, body & soul.
  • Always uses natural resources and methods to promote health and cure diseases.
  • By balancing vata, pitta and kapha, it corrects the mental, physical, spiritual, chemical and physiological imbalances of an individual.
  • Encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
  • Not only gives symptomatic relief but treats the root cause of the disease.
  • Always encourages a good immune system through yoga and excercise.
  • No or negligible side effects during/after ayurvedic treatments.
  • Uses lifestyle changes, dietary habit changes, yoga, meditation therapies along with customized herbal treatments to prevent and cure ailments.

The aim of Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, prevention and cure swing around two principles:

  1. Nidana Parivarjana: elimination of the cause of the disease
  2. Sampropti Vighatana: reversal of pathogenesis.

If the person is following ayurveda strictly and in early and reversible conditions, Sampropti Vighatana spontaneously follows Nidana Parivargana without any treatment. Otherwise, with chronic diseases, a comprehensive manner of treatment is needed to achieve the real cure. Ayurveda strongly promotes the theory of prevention because one can prevent so many diseases by an ayurvedic lifestyle, but if by all means disease occurs, then there is a two fold approach to cure:

  1. Samshodhana: Biopurification
  2. Samshamna: Palliation
Ayurveda deals with the human life in a different way, it focuses more on prevention. These two sanskrit lines explains in depth the aim and methodology of Ayurveda:

Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam
Aturasya Vikar Prashamanam Ch

Translated into english:

To care about the health of the individuals who are healthy,
and to cure the diseases of the individuals who are sick.

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