Ayurveda - Summary

About Ayurveda

the origin of ayurveda, the word conjugated by "ayu" meaning life and "Veda" meaning knowledge can be traced back to the evolution of civilization. The Indian sages thousands of years ago enscripted their knowledge about life and the fundamentals of ayurveda in the oldest scriptures known to mankind, namely the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Athrva Veda and Sam Veda.

Ayurved is regarded as the Upaveda or sub-scripture of the Yajurveda. This Veda contains abundance of information on how to keep oneself healthy and to combat diseases.

Originated as a part of Vedic science, ayurveda is an integral spiritual science devised to give a comprehensive understanding of the entire universe, which it sees as working according to a single law.

Ayurveda is the branch of Vedic science, which deals with physical body besides yoga, meditation, astrology, etc. Herbal medicine, dietetics, physiology, surgery, psychology, spirituality etc. are included in ayurveda under Ashtanga Ayurveda.

From the ancient enlightened sages and period, Vedic culture ayurveda is the healing gift to mankind. It is believed that the astronomical records in ancient Vedic texts, the Vedic system, including ayurveda, was in practice even before 4000 BC. Hence it is evident that ayurveda was very mature and predominant in India thousands of years ago.

Ayurvedic philosophy says that suffering is disease and contentment is good health and no human being is healthy if he does not posses a sound sharira (body), a sound mana (mind) and a sound atma (soul). Ayurveda advises for smallest things of personal hygiene and social conduct and describe the whole way of life, narrates how one should keep healthy.

The sages of ayurveda emphasized on the importance of preventive medicine by developing individual's own immune system to fight against all possible infections. Ayurvedic healing has two levels:

  • One for the layman and self-care
  • Second for the healer and his practice.

The first ones outlines many common and home remedies for different diseases and gives a general constitutional or life-style treatment for health enhancement and disease prevention. It is also believe that it is only when our life- style is out of harmony that more severe disease arise and more specialized and complicated health care becomes necessary.

The second level provides some of this specialized ayurvedic medical knowledge and says that more is utilized by a health care professional.

Most disease conditions involve physical and spiritual factors and require treatment on both levels. Ayurveda traditionally involves a holistic treatment of the entire human being and its full cosmic nature.According to the Upanishads, the main spiritual teachings of ancient India, disease is the highest form of asceticism (tapas), whereby the truth of life and the truth of one's own self can be revealed.

Disease may be a sign of wrong action in life, but it can also be an indication that the soul is directing its energy within. Either way it requires a spiritual re-examination of our lives, particularly if the disease is severe. Hence, self-examination is the first step and fundamental basis of understanding and resolving any disease.

Ayurvedic medicines consist of various natural herbs and minerals and are rapidly gaining acceptance all over the world. Ayurveda today is part of a new movement towards a global medicine that includes the best developments from all lands.

Trisutra Ayurveda

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According to Charaka entire Ayurveda is explained in three strings (Trisutra), namely hetusutra, lingasutra and aushadhisutra, which are extremely helpful in maintaining health and treating diseases.

Hetusutra: It is the causative factor of disease.
Lingasutra: These are the sign and symptoms developed due to the disease.
Aushadhisutra: It is the means of treatment.

Introduction of Ayurveda
History of Ayurveda
Basic Principles of Ayurveda
Ayurveda Pharmacopea
Ayurveda and Health
Padarth Vidnyan
Original Scriptures
Ayurvedic Treatment
Ayurvedic Therapies
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