Neighbourhood Health Desk/Indu S Arya: Is generally understood as ‘Science of life’ translating ‘Ayuh (r)’as life and ‘Veda’ as science. Ayurveda is an ancient system of life and also the oldest surviving medical system in the world. It’s influence can be found in many ancient traditional methods of healing including Tibetan, Greek, and Chinese medicines thus making it the ‘mother of healing.’
Is not merely a traditional Indian form of medicine but a perennial naturopathic system of healthcare that survived the test of time as well as onslaught of modern science and methods of treatments. Also known as the science of living a healthy and disease free life. Calls for a complete harmony of human body with the elements of nature and the surrounding environment for a stress free and healthy life. Doesn’t merely deal with medical science but goes much beyond the universe of the conventional science. Also includes factors like herbal medicine, body works, and surgery apart from social, psychological, ethical, spiritual and intellectual life of human beings.
According to Ayurveda, each one of us has a unique mix of three body principals that constitutes our mental, physical and spiritual well-being. These three principals are known as :-
Governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body. It’s the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of all the seven tissues- nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.
Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production.Primary function is transformation. Those with predominance the Pitta principle have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind. They have a lustrous complexion, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite.
Is known to govern all the movements of mind and body. From controlling blood flow to elimination of the waste and harmful toxins to breathing and the flow of thoughts in the mind; is like a predominant force that minimizes stress and feeds the creativity within you.
Ayurveda understands health as a reflection of a man living in harmony with nature and disease arises when this harmony gets disturbed. Medicines are mostly formulated using a mix of herbs and other plants, including oils and common spices. By combining several kinds of plants and herbs to get benefit of the drug or therapeutic value.
Ayurvedic home remedies are considered safe since they are natural and herbal in nature, therefore, free from any side effects. Some of the major benefits include:
- Are preventive as well as protective and curative in nature.
- Emphasis is on using herbal and natural ingredients or things that can be easily found in the kitchen, doesn’t pose any danger of being toxic.
- Are free of any side-effect and provide long term or permanent cure from the disease.
- Also emphasize on the need for a lifestyle change with modification required in one’s diet, sleep pattern and other basic everyday activity.
Are fast gaining popularity across the world. One of the major reasons for it because Ayurveda seeks to normalize body functions with varied techniques including advice on food and activity, internal herbal preparations, purification treatments (panchakarma), and surgical methods (shalya chikitsa).