History

Ayurveda is the system of medicine that is oldest and holistic that aims at the prevention of any diseases thus adding long years of joyful and healthy life to a person. Unlike other practices of modern medicines it doesn’t treat the body alone but the mind as well. It evolved in India about 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is a term composed of two Sanskrit words ‘Ayur’ and ‘Veda’. Ayur means lifespan and veda means knowledge or the science of life. Ayurveda is considered as a boon that is given by the gods to mankind through sages and saints who practiced deep meditation.

Scriptures of knowledge called Vedas were believed to be written by Veda Vyasa, a sage. These contain complete information about this ancient treatment methodology. It’s not just a science of treatment but the science of living a healthy life without any diseases. There are mainly 4 scriptures of knowledge (Vedas): Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda. Ayurveda is a major subsection of Atharvaveda. Three doshas of vata, pitta and kapha doshas are maintained in balance. Atharva veda depicts on the major 8 divisions of anatomy like surgery, medicine, psychiatry, ophthalmology, pediatrics, toxicology, fertility, etc. Ayurveda uses a variety of herbs, foods, mantras, yoga, lifestyle that has an individuality of its own. Those who learned these Vedas and practiced this art of healing were called vaidyas.

Ayurveda was made a more reliable and classified system of medicine by dividing it into Atreya and Dhanvantari. Atreya constituted the physicians and Dhanvantri the surgeons. These made Ayurveda more scientific and classic.

Numerous learned people and scholars from all over the world came to India to learn Ayurveda and about the scriptures. Ayurveda was reporganised by two pioneers Charak and Sushrut. Charak samhita and Sushrut samhita are their individual contributions. These works still exist today and hence Ayurveda can be termed the only medical system that stands complete.

Ayurveda aims at creating a balance in the mind and body. Its principles help in the prevention of illness rather than curing it. It administers proper method of eating, drinking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Ayurveda Health Tips

  • Less spicy, bitter and astringent foods should be taken
  •  Avoid cold food
  •  Warm water at regular intervals should be consumed; black tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages should be avoided as much as possible.
  • Proper timetable for eating and sleeping should be followed
  • Meals should never be skipped as it leads to the problems of acidity, heartburn, gas problems, etc.
  • Proper leisure time should be allocated and rest should be taken
  • Try to reduce stressful and strenuous activities
  • Massaging with oil is advised
  • Regular and adequate time for exercise is mandatory
  • Eat slowly and chew the food properly
  • Wear cotton or comfortable clothes so that good sleep is attained
  • Drinking 1 cup of warm milk before going to sleep is advised
  • Last meal of the day should be eaten 3 hours before sleep
  •  Heavy and spicy dinner should be avoided
  • A shower 1 hour prior to sleep is advised
  • Excessive exposure to harsh sunlight between 10am to 3pm is to be avoided
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water specially during day time
  • Rise with the sun as it gives you an energetic day

Kerala Ayurveda

Kerala is very famous for its ayurvedic treatments and beautiful nature. It is very rightly called “God’s own country”. Ayurveda attains all its knowledge from the ancient Vedas. It aims at instilling in people a love for both the human kind and nature. It shows us the way of healthy and happy living that induces harmony among humans and nature. Ayurveda defines purity of both the soul and mind. It eliminates all kinds of accumulated toxins within the body using ayurvedic therapies like Panchakarma. Swasthavritta advices on how an ideal person should live life.

Kerala is the land of rich culture and ethnic heritages. Ayurveda has very strong roots in this land of diversity. Ayurvedic medical practitioners called vaidhyars practice Ayurveda from their age old ancestral kin. It is passed on from one generation to other. Hence purest and deeply tested knowledge is passed on from one generation to other.

 

What is Ayurveda?

One of the phenomenal gifts of the sages of ancient India to mankind. The word “Ayu” means all phases of life, from birth to death. The word “Veda” means knowledge or learning. Therefore, Ayurveda specifies the science by which, life in its entirety is understood.

Why is Ayurveda said to be everlasting?

Ayurveda is the assortment of values of healthy living that advanced from the time of the appearance of man on earth. It is not likely to alter at any time or at any point of the world. This healing method has been practiced in regular living in India for more than 5000 years. Ayurveda, first documented in the Vedas, the world’s first assortment of knowledge, is still the most preferred healthcare practice of millions of Indians.

How is it different from modern medicine?

Modern medicine attempts to treat and eliminate symptoms rather than treating the patient suffering from it. Modern medicine excel in treating emergencies, but has very little to offer for the cure of chronic illnesses. Ayurveda excels in treating chronic illnesses and bringing the patient to optimum health without invasive methods. It greatly improves the quality of living of patients, aids in increasing the health and well-being of patients with chronic illnesses, rejuvenates the patient. Ayurveda makes distinctive contributions by addressing the uniqueness of each patient and by aiding each body to heal itself.

Why is Ayurveda more distinctive than other system of medicine ?

It is one of the first scientific medical systems in the world, with a long record of clinical experience. It is not only a system of medicine in the conservative sense of curing disease, but a way of life that instils in us how to preserve and guard health.

How many & which are the specialized branches in Ayurveda ?

The Eight Branches Of Ayurveda:

  • Kaya Chikitsa (General medicine)
  • Shalya Tantra (Surgery)
  • Shalakya Tantra (Diseases of Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Kaumarbhritya (Children diseases, obstetrics and Gynecology)
  • Agada Tantra (Toxicology)
  • Bhuta Vidya (Psychiatry)
  • Rasayana (Rejuvenation), and
  • Vajikarana (Aphrodisiac/sexology)

Where did Marma Science originate?

From the Vedas. The anatomical contemplation of Marma is discussed in the Susruta Samhita.

How does Marma therapy work?

Stimulating the Marma points activates apt brain centers to control / reinstate function of all systems of the human body through Prana, as these Marma points are also the base of Prana.

What are Marma points?

Marmas are vital points in the body. Stimulation of these points can conserve health and treat a number of diseases.

What are the benefits of massage?

  •  Massage relieves stress and relaxes the mind, body and soul.
  • It releases confined energy, pain, frustration and problems.
  • It aids relieve pain.
  • It increases blood flow thereby rejuvenating degenerated tissues.
  • It tones up muscle fibres, increasing flexibility and strength.
  • It aids to enhance brain function, thereby stabilizing mood and strengthening the immune system
  • It increases lymphatic circulation, helping in the elimination of toxins.
  • It speeds the distribution of nutrients to damaged tissue.
  • It reinforces the muscular contractions of the digestive system, which helps in the removal of toxins.
  • It stimulates the body processes in a 100% non-invasive way to avoid future health problems.

What is Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage)?

Abhyanga is a specialized full body massage including head & face, performed by a therapist using specific herbal oil selected according to the body type. The treatment brings about enhanced physical stability, brings deep relaxation and is very useful for vigor and vitality. Massage is the most ancient technique for relieving pain. Abhyanga is used to manipulate and correct dosha disorders, particularly of the Vata kind; to treat orthopedic injuries; to relieve swollen tissues; and to promote regeneration of the tissues and organs, as well as the internal functioning of the body.

Are Ayurvedic medicines free of side effects?

YES. Ayurvedic medicines are natural and safe. They have no side effects. They are prepared from herbs & minerals after proper processing according to classical, well-proven Ayurvedic methods of manufacturing.

What is Pizhichil?

In this method of treatment warm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body from a piece of cloth that is occasionally dipped in a bowl containing lukewarm medicated oil.

Effective for Arthritis, Rheumatic diseases, Sexual weakness, Nervous weakness, and Nervous disorders. Improves Vigor and Vitality.

What is Panchakarma?

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments”. This science of cleansing the body is an ancient branch of Ayurveda. Panchakarma is the basis for Ayurvedic management of disease. Pancha Karma is the method, which gets to the root cause of the problem and re-establishes the necessary balance of ‘Tridosha’ (three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha) in the body. Pancha Karma is not only good for lessening disease but is also a beneficial tool in maintaining excellent health.

What are the treatment methods in Ayurveda?

The treatment in Ayurveda can be categorized broadly into two methods-

  1.  Shamana Chikitsa (Alleviating Therapy)
  2. Sodhana Chikitsa (Purification Therapy)

What are the methods of diagnosis in Ayurveda?

There are three main methods mentioned in Ayurveda for diagnosing the Dosha imbalance and disease process in a person. They are –

  • Darsana Pareeksha – By observing the patient’s physical signs and symptoms, Example – color of skin, hair, eyes, behavior, body condition etc.
  • Prashna Pareeksha – By asking questions concerning the inequity of each Doshas.
  • Sparsana Pareeksha – By touching the patient. The pulse diagnosis, palpation, percussion and auscultation are included in this method.