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Ayurveda Medicine

Ayurveda history

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of health and medicine with a history older than 6000 years, making it probably the oldest form of health science known to humanity.

Ayurveda finds explicit mention in ancient Indian texts of wisdom, Rigveda and Atharveda where its details are laid out. Ayurveda is described not merely as a medical system rather as a scientific way of living in harmony and coordination with nature and its elements.

Principles of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is essentially the science of natural laws and their application on human system to render health, happiness and peace of mind. It aims to bring body, mind, senses and soul and nature in a perfect equilibrium to create optimum condition for human existence.

According to ancient Sankhya theory of cosmology, on which Ayurveda is based, the entire world and human body is constituted through five principle elements, each with its own particular effect. The five elements are

The foods we eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements. While we are a composite of these five primary elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions.

All bodily processes are believed to be governed by a balance of the 3 'Doshas'. Whichever dosha appears to dominate a person's behavior and physique is called his constitution type. Each constitution type has particular strengths and susceptibilities.

Ayurveda Applications

There are several aspects to Ayurveda that are quite unique:

Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as a unique makeup of the three doshas and to thereby design treatment protocols that specifically address a persons health challenges.

Traditional Ayurveda consists of seven main divisions

Ayurveda in Modern World

Ayurveda was always a popular form of health science in India. In recent years it is also gaining huge popularity in western culture as a form of alternative and complementary medicine. Much of the herbs and plants used in Ayurveda have been found to contain profound medicinal values. Its principle of aligning human beings with nature is also consistent with many aspects of western philosophy and such increasing number of people and practitioners are turning towards Ayurveda.