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Why Ayurveda



Ayurved - Ayu - means the Life

Ved - (Vid) - to know

Hence, the Science which gives knowledge of life is Ayurved.
Ayurveda is India's own system of traditional medicines which was looked down upon till yesterday but now it is once gaining importance the world over mainly because of the limitations of allopathy medicine system in providing cures without serious after effects.
Ayurveda is a science of life - "Ayu" means Life and "Veda" means Science. This holistic and natural healing system was developed by highly spiritual "Rishi - Saint" 5000 years ago. It is a multifaceted science which addresses not only the problems of body and mind but also of the human spirit and consciousness. This ancient science of medicine operates in tune with nature and treats the whole individual rather than just a disease. The individual is considered as a whole - "physically, mentally as well as spiritually". Before suggesting any treatment to any individual, Ayurveda considers psychological, dietary, behavioural, life style and environmental factors.
Ayurveda originated in India long back in the pre-vedic period. Rigveda and Atharvaveda (written 5000 years B.C.) the earliest documented ancient Indian knowledge have reference on health and disease.
Ayurveda is having eight disciplines and are generally called "Asthanga Ayurveda" and they are :
 
Allopathy Branch
Ayurveda Equivallent
1 Internal Medicine Kaya Chikitsa
2 Pediatrics Kaumar Bhritya
3 Psychiatry Bhoot Vidya
4 Otorhinolaryngology & Ophthalmology Shalakya
5 Surgery Shalya
6 Toxicology Agad Tantra
7 Geriatrics Rasayana
8 Eugenics & Aphorodisease Vajikarana
(Compendia on these subjects like "Charak Samhita, Sushruta Samhita" etc.)
Life in Ayurveda is conceived as the Union of body, senses, mind and soul.
The living man is a conglomeration of three humours ( 'DOSHA' ) - VATA, PITTA & KAPHA, Seven basic tissues ( 'DHATU' ) - RASA, RAKTA, MAUSA, MEDA, ASTHI, MAJJA and SHUKRA and waste products of the body such as Face, Urine and Sweat.
The growth and decay of this body matrix and its constituents revolve around food which gets processed into humours, tissues and wastes. Ingestion, digestion, absorption, assimilation and metabolism of food have an interplay in health and disease which are significantly affected by psychological mechanisms as well as by bio-fire (Agni).
According to Auyrveda all objects in the Universe including human body are composed of five basic elements (Panchamahabhutas) namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (Vaccum).
The growth and development of the body depends on its nutrition i.e., on Food. The food in turn is composed of the above five elements, which replenish or nourish the like elements of body after the action of bio-fire (agni). The tissues of the body are the structural elements where as the humans are physiological entities, derived from different permutations and combinations of "Panchamahaphutas".
 

 

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