About Ayurveda

What is AYURVEDA?

Ayurveda is the science or knowledge of life, the world’s oldest system of health and well being.

Ayurveda is not simply a health care system but a form of lifestyle adopted to maintain perfect balance and harmony within the human existence, from the most abstract transcendental values to the most concrete physiological expressions. Based on the premise that life represents an intelligent co-ordination of the Atma (Soul), Mana (Mind), Indriya (Senses) and Sharira (Body).
That revolves around the five dense elements that go into the making of the constitution of each individual, called Prakriti.
Which in turn is determined by the vital balance of the three physical energies - Vata, Pitta, Kapha and the three mental energies - Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.
The Hindu God of creation revealed the science of ayurveda to the sage Atreya

Ayurveda thus offers a unique blend of science and philosophy that balances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components necessary for holistic health.

HISTORY OF AYURVEDA

Knowledge is believed to be sacred and all knowledge originates from god. According to Hindu Mythologies the rhapsody of the universe is maintained by Trimurtis- ‘Brahma’-the creator, ‘Vishnu’ the preserver and ‘siva’-the destroyer. The time of creation Ayurveda dawned as a ray enlightment in the cosmic conciousness of ‘Brahma’ the eternal creator.

Brahma imparted the knowledge to the disciple, Dakshana Praja pati,who passed it  onto  Aswin, the twin god who in turn conferred to the Indians. It was decided that the great sage Dhanwantari reincasnated as divodasa and sages Bharadwaja and kashyapa be deputed with task of going to heaven and learning Divine of Science of healing directly from India.

FACTUAL HISTORY

The history of native Indian medicine is probably as old as the Indus valley civilization dating back to 300 BC. The   meticulously planned cities of Harapa and Mohenjedaro are pointers of not only India’s rich cultured heritage but also its advanced system of hygiene and health care.

It was between 1200 and 700 BC subsequent to the Aryan invasion, VedaVyasa, the famous sage, shaktavesha, avatar of Vishnu, put into writing the complete knowledge of Ayurveda, along with the more directly spiritual insights of self realization into a body of scriptural literature called the Vedas. These books mainly covered topics of spirituality, health, astrology, spiritual business, government, army, poetry and spiritual living and behavior. These books are known as the four Vedas, Rik, Sama, Yajur and Atharva. Reference to the disease and herbal cures can be seen in all the 4 vedas especially in Rig Vedas. Atharva Veda has many hymns eulogize herbs.

PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA: Ayurveda is a gift to us from our eminent ancestors which basically focuses on health promotion,prevention,cure and nutrition.Ayurveda considers a body as whole and helps in re-establishing the harmony among the constituents of our body.

OBJECTIVES OF AYURVEDA

  • To add years to our life and life to years
  • To eradicate malfunctions and diseases from our body

ELEMENTS OF AYURVEDA

  • Ayurveda uses the concept of 5 basic elements of existence:-
  • Earth,Fire,Water,Air and Ether(space)

DOSHAS These 5 elements are broadly classified in 3 main categories known as "doshas":- Vata,Pitta and Kapha. Each person has a unique mixture of these three doshas and as defined as a person's "prakriti". When an imbalance occurs in one or more of these doshas then according to ayurveda it is a "disease".

Vata-It is related to air and ether.When in balance a person becomes creative,energetic and enthusiastic.When in imbalance a person may suffer from insomnia,headaches or irregular digestion.

Pitta-It is related to water and fire.When in balance a person have an average built body,light coloured eyes with fair skin,good digestion and strong concentration power.When in imbalance a person shows extereme aggression,anger and criticism.

Kapha-It is related with earth and water.When in balance a person generally have heavy or large built with calmness and peace.When in imbalance a person becomes greedy,possesive and overweight.

BRANCHES OF AYURVEDA
There are 8 main branches of ayurveda namely:-

  • Surgery or Shalya
  • Psychiatry or Bhoota
  • ENT with Ophthamology,medicine or Shalakya
  • Science of Aphrodisiac or Vajikarana
  • Medical jurisprudence and toxicology or Agada
  • Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics or Kaumara
  • Gerontology or Rasayan
  • Medicine or Kaya

To maintain health and cure diseases we have 3 strings of ayurveda:

  • Hetusutra- cause of disease
  • Lingasutra- symptoms of disease
  • Aushadhisutra- ways of treatment 

NEED OF AYURVEDA

By the time human being reaches to the age around 30,many diseases starts to indulge in one's life.This is mainly due to the unwanted metabolic substances & toxins accumulated from various activities like breathing,eating etc.
So ayurveda helps us to maintain an equilibrium in human body by teaching proper way or style of living.

BENEFITS OF AYURVEDA

  • There are no side effects
  • Eradicates mental pressure and stress
  • Helps us to get the knowledge of life
  • Deep rooted diseases can be easily cured
  • Helps us to increase the life span and many more...

Ayurveda is to enlighten us with the "knowledge of life ".Knowledge of life is the knowledge of the pure spirit soul, situated beyond the boundaries of the three doshas.The purpose of Ayurveda is to bring us to that complete understanding of ourselves as pure life energy. By raising the consciousness beyond the limiting influences of passion and ignorance ,one can re-identify with the soul through factual realization of the "self beyond the body".