Introduction to Ayurveda (Part-I)

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Ayurveda is a ancient medical science originated and developed in India.It is eternal science which deals not only with health of unhealthy person but also to keep health of healthy person with harmony of body,mind & soul.


Introduction to Ayurveda (Part-I)

»Ayurveda & its origin
»Eternity of Ayurveda
»Aim of Ayurveda

Ayurveda & its origin

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “the science of life”. Ayu- meaning life and Veda- meaning knowledge or science. It is an ancient art of healing which has been practiced continuously throughout India for around 5,000 years. It is probably the oldest authentically recorded healing science in existence today and includes herbal medicine, dietetics, yoga philosophy and integration of the body, mind and consciousness.
Ayurveda originated as part of ‘Vedic Science’. This 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 different from modern science dealing with the physical, mental & spiritual world of the life system as a whole in our planet which is supported by the non-living components like air, soil, water etc. Ayurveda identifies man as an integral part of nature and stresses the necessity of maintaining complete harmony with all living & nonliving components of the surroundings.
Ayurveda looks at every person as a unique individual. It helps us to understand and to correct imbalances and to restore the innate harmony of the person. It gives us the insight to understand individual constitution and to create balance within and all around us.

Eternity of Ayurveda

It is believed that Ayurveda is eternal. Many classical treatises of Ayurveda mention that Ayurveda is without beginning and end. Charaka Samhita states that Ayurveda is eternal (Ch.Su.30/25). The book states that Ayurveda is considered eternal due to three reasons.
The first reason is that Ayurveda is without a beginning. It means that we cannot exactly date the beginning of Ayurveda.Chakrapani, the commentator of Charaka Samhita states that the lack of beginning here is not to be taken in a literary sense & should be understood only in a general sense. By definition Ayurveda deals with four types of life and things wholesome & unwholesome for the life.
All these concepts are eternal and hence hence Ayurveda could be considered eternal.This is second reason.
The third reason is that since the nature of existence of the existents is eternal, the knowledge about them also is bound to be eternal.

Aim of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is probably the earliest medical science that laid stress on positive health, a blending of physical, mental, social, moral & spiritual welfare. The main aim is well expressed in Charaka Samhita- “It is that knowledge of life which deals elaborately and at length with conditions beneficial or otherwise with the humanity and to factors conducive to the happiness or responsible for misery or sorrow besides indicating measures for healthy living for full span of life”. Ayurveda a healthy person is one in whom there is an equilibrium of the humours and the body tissues, with normal digestive as well as excretory functions associated with the gratification of the senses, mind & soul.
Ayurveda emphasized that the medical treatment shall be oriented not merely to the disease but has to take into account, the patient, his environment, the meteorogical considerations, age, sex, race, habits, habitat, diet, appetite, physical conditions, mental frame, physiological constitution, strength, vitality and number of factors like this. The therapy is to aim at restoring harmonious balance between internal and external milieu and in tune with the nature.


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It is one of the ancient and greatest healing system. thanks for sharing a very interesting topic.

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