Ayurveda is the ancient science of medicine used for treating diseases using herbal products. Ayurveda is a natural method of healing and has the potential of increasing the longevity. Ayurveda has its roots in India and has been in practice since the past 5000 years. Ayurveda has off late made a venture into the western world; people rely on Ayurveda more as it is natural and has no side effects. It has the potential to cure most of the human ailments, revolutionizing the entire medicine science.
Meaning of Ayurveda
The word Ayurveda has been derived from two words of the Sanskrit language, i.e., ‘Ayush’ and ‘Veda’. The word ‘Ayush’ means life whereas the word ‘Veda’ means knowledge. Thus Ayurveda is knowledge of life or the science of life. Ayurveda basically deals with nature and its products. Ayurveda helps to live a healthy life. It is not only concerned with the well being of the body but it also focuses on the well being of the mind. It is based on the principles which aim at the promotion of health along with prolonging the life. Another principle is to eliminate diseases and other dysfunctions from the body.
The origin of Ayurveda
Ayurveda has its roots in Atharva Veda. This knowledge is about 5000 years old and is tried and tested over the period of time. The knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed from generation to generation through the word of mouth and via written scripts.
The working of Ayurveda
The science of Ayurveda is based on the belief that the whole is universal which includes the human body and it is made up of five elements, which are air, water, fire, earth, and ether. The human body represents these elements as energies or ‘doshas’. There are a total of three energies or doshas, namely, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata basically pertains to ether and air elements which help in the regulation of body functions which are associated with motion such as blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and heart beat. As far as the Pitta energy is concerned it pertains to water and fire elements, it is responsible for governing metabolic systems of the body which involves digestion, absorption, body temperature, and nutrition. The Kapha dosha is related to earth and water elements which are responsible for growth and protection of the human body. This energy supplies water to the body and maintains the immune system. All these three energies are present in every individual however one or two of the three are more dominant in a particular individual. The disturbance of these doshas leads to diseases and illnesses. Ayurveda cures the particular disease by pacification of aggravated energy or dosha. Ayurveda also stresses on therapies like yoga, meditation, and massage. Proper nutrition and exercise is also recommended in Ayurveda.
Benefits of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is said to have some great benefits for the human body. It helps in building a proper connection between the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Physical as well as mental health is ensured with the herbal medicines. There are no side effects of Ayurveda thus it makes the body completely fit. The vitality of the body is established with the usage of herbs and proper nutrition. Ayurveda helps the body to achieve mental and physical balance. The treatment of every individual is based on his/her body composition, i.e., the dominance of particular doshas or energies. Ayurveda can cure metabolic and chronic ailments including those because of stress.
Results of Ayurvedic treatment
The results of Ayurvedic treatments can hugely depend on the condition of the individual, severe diseases require more time as compared to normal ones. It cures the disease from its very roots, it does not cure it at a superficial level. Thus you can expect permanent cure of your illness. The effects of Ayurvedic treatments can be seen gradually over a period of time, instant cure is not a possibility as far as Ayurveda is concerned. Ayurveda treatment can be combined with other treatments as it is non-invasive and non-toxic.
Safety of Ayurvedic treatment
The Ayurvedic treatment is 100 percent safe as it basically uses herbal products. The Ayurvedic medicines are made up of natural minerals and herbs. All the ingredients are taken from the natural surroundings and are thus very safe. The herbs and minerals are used to calm down the energies in order to cure the ailment. You must inform the doctor in advance if you are using Ayurveda as a complementary treatment. Ayurveda has the potential to soothe the body, mind, sense, heart, and the very spirit of the human being.