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)
What is the purpose of Ayurveda?
- To attain positive health for the individual by increasing the vitality of patients.
- Eventual liberation. This objective can be achieved by strictly following regulations of diet and regimen which the Ayurveidic literature describes very elaborately and by following strict seasonal routines, so that one can maintain health and longevity.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.