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What Is Ayurveda

Tuesday, 05 Oct 2010 09:27 AM

Ayurveda, yoga, and spiritualism are global buzzwords these days. People all over the world seem to be interested in understanding Ayurvedic medicine and Ayurveda treatment. Some are even looking to cure chronic disorders through Ayurveda.
 
So, what is Ayurveda? Native to India, Ayurveda is one of the most ancient medical therapies, and has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. In principle, Ayurveda, health, and the mind are connected. Ayurveda theorizes that health is a state of perfect balance between the mind, the body, and the spirit, not just mere absence of disease. According to Ayurveda, healing occurs by following a specific diet and routine based on the season.
 
Ayurveda, in India, is also regarded as a holistic medical science being taught to disciples by Ayurveda doctors, mentors, or “Gurus.” Ayurvedic medicine known as “Kaya Chikitsa is a very vast subject that specifies methods of healing, prevention, and surgery. Ayurveda healing includes consuming oral drugs, recommending wholesome foods, specifying conduct, and the panchkarma therapy. The panchkarma therapy includes cleansing your system through:
  1. Purgation (Virechan): Use of laxatives
  2. Enema (Basti): Use of oils and decoctions
  3. Nasal Elimination (Nasya): Use of dry powders and oils for the nose
  4. Therapeutic Vomiting (Vaman): Use of substances such as leaves, barks, and nuts to induce vomiting
  5. Detoxification of the Blood (Raktalmoksha): Use of natural blood thinners and purifiers
One may argue that Ayurvedic medicine heals slowly, but a huge stock of preparations are used for rapid recovery too. Ayurvedic medicine is comprised of natural substances such as herbs, animal products, and minerals. Contrary to popular belief, these medicines are very potent, yet free from serious side effects. Ayurveda always recommends checking the constitution (Prakrurti) and pulse of the patient before starting treatment. Currently, Ayurveda medicines are being tested scientifically for their efficacy and safety.
 
One may find many Ayurvedic doctors spreading the knowledge of this philosophy all over the globe. The renowned Ayurveda doctor, Sushruta,is regarded as the ‘”father of surgery.”  Most Ayurvedic doctors are trained in pulse diagnosis, which is one of the most interesting techniques used in Ayurvedic healing. Depending on the diagnosis, patients are prescribed a customized diet that they must adhere to for at least a couple of weeks to obtain the desired result. In addition, most doctors also provide herbal medicines that are suited to an individual’s constitution and take the season into account. In India, Ayurveda doctors are registered at a central databank after completion of their professional degree, before they can engage in practice. These doctors are specially qualified, thoroughly trained, and experienced to manage chronic, obstinate disorders.

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Ayurveda, yoga, and spiritualism are global buzzwords these days. People all over the world seem to be interested in understanding Ayurvedic medicine and Ayurveda treatment. Some are even looking to cure chronic disorders through Ayurveda. So, what is Ayurveda? Native to...
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