Ans. Ayurveda is not just a health-care system but a complete approach to living. It offers rich and comprehensive conception of life and health that takes into account all parts of human existence; from its most abstract, transcendental value to its most on create expressions in human physiology.
Ans. Ayurveda is a science that is widely acknowledged to be the world oldest system of health. It is oral tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Only in the last 5000 years was it actually written down.
The wisdom of Ayurveda is recorded in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. The science of Ayurveda is based not on constantly changing research data, but on the rishis who received this science, expressive of the perfect wholeness of Cosmic Consciousness, through religious introspection and meditation.
India continued to be the custodian of this complete science of life, even when it was essentially lost to the world for many centuries.
Ans. Ayurveda based on 7 principles
The Unchanging Nature of Ayurvedic Science
The basic principles of Ayurveda have never changed because they derived from universal laws of nature which are eternally true.
The Subjective Methods of Understanding
Ayurveda recognizes that much of life is non-physical and cannot be studied objectively. Therefore incorporates a more subjective or intuitive approach to gaining knowledge in addition to objective means.
In the physical world, fire can be observed transforming the structure of a substance like wood into ash (something different). The Ayurvedic Scientist takes note of this and compares how this same principle in nature works within the body to convert raw food stuffs into nutrients through digestive enzymes and stomach acids.
The Five Element Theory
The fundamental principle of Ayurveda is mahabhutas or cosmic elements. They are the underlying intelligences that give rise to the five elements commonly known as space, air, fire, water and earth. These elements are the basic buildings blocks of nature which are responsible for all physical existence. The coordinated interaction of these elements controls all the functions in creation.
The Theory of the Three Doshas
This is the most powerful tools in Ayurveda. This theory explains how the five elements which make up physical creation dynamically combine to control on processes within the human physiology. “vata” the principle governing all the motion or movement. “pitta” which controls all transforming processes and “kapha” which is responsible for cohesion, growth and liquefaction. Without any of these processes, there would be no human life.
Prakruti: Constitutional Type
This is the most useful tool in Ayurveda to maintain an ideal state of health. It recognizes that each human being is born with a unique combination of the three doshas and this natural balance is responsible for the physical, mental and emotional differences among people. Ayurveda can help each person to create his or her own state of ideal health.
The Effects of the Seasons
Ayurveda considers seasonal changes and climatic conditions to have a particularly important effect on health. Each change of season brings shifts in wind conditions, temperature and humidity or rainfall.
When we possess the knowledge of our prakruti or unique body type, these potential imbalances can be easily avoided by making the appropriate changes in our diet and lifestyle.
Panchakarma: The Science of Rejuvenation
The miracle of the human body is that it has a natural healing intelligence which is capable of constantly rejuvenating itself. Ayurveda offers the gift of Panchakarma, the science of rejuvenation.In this process, the body is purified of the degenerating influence of the foreign substances, thus freeing it to naturally exercise its inherent rejuvenation abilities.The ancient science has always understood health to be a coordinated functioning of spirit, mind and body in intimate relationship with everything else in creation, material and non-material. It recognizes that human life cannot be separated from cosmic life.
Ans. Ayurveda is an effective alternate to antibiotics in infectious diseases, producing no toxic side effects and bringing about rapid recovery. Ayurveda has definite treatment for most of the infectious disease such as Sinusitis, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Otitis media (pus from ear), Gastroenteritis (vomiting-diarrhoea), Dysentery, Urinary Infections, etc.
Ans. Viral infections such as common cold, influenza, measles, Chickenpox, mumps, viral hepatitis (jaundice), viral meningitis etc. are very well treated with Ayurveda. Allopathic system has no curative treatment for viral diseases except infusing antibiotics under the pretext of preventing secondary bacterial infection.
Ans. In modern life infections have diminished and various allergic disorders have grown rampant. Ayurveda offers very effective treatment in all allergic diseases such as various skin diseases like Urticaria, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, as well as gives unbelievably miraculous results in Asthmatic Bronchitis.
Ans. Yes, most of the children ailments like Cold, Cough, Fever, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Dysentery, Colic, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, Asthma, Measles, Chickenpox, Mumps, Dentition problems, etc., could be very effectively and quickly treated with Ayurveda without producing any side effects whatsoever. Unlike antibiotics and other such medicines, Ayurvedic remedies do not hamper digestion, or lower body's resistance. Neither do they cause any allergies nor cause any damage even if taken over a long period. Besides, Ayurveda is effective also in temperament and behavioural problems seen commonly in children like irritability, obstinacy, temper-tantrums, fears, phobias, destructiveness, thumb- sucking, nail biting, bed-wetting as well as in mentally & physically backward children.
Ans. No. This is a common misconception regarding Ayurveda. The question you have to ask yourself is: are you looking for a quick fix or mere suppression of symptoms or are you actually seeking to dissolve the deep rooted cause of the imbalance and rejuvenate deeply? We recommend if you are looking for a quick fix or a quick suppression then Ayurveda is not the right modality for you. But if you are looking to get to the bottom of your imbalance then Ayurveda, in a relatively short time (you will be surprised) will begin to offer its benefits. In reality, the time to heal any imbalance depends on various factors – age, type of disease, degree of imbalance, whether it is acute or chronic, how many doshas, tissues, organs and channels are involved in the disease process. If the disease is newly formed and is with a single dosha and tissue involvement, then Ayurveda can balance this condition very quickly. On the other hand if the condition is formed with the aggravation of two or three doshas, and if more organs and channels are involved, and it has become somewhat chronic then naturally, the treatment takes longer time to restore the imbalance.
Ans. Ayurveda is the world’s oldest existing health-care system. It is a science of health based on universal principles and profound insights into the connection between mind and body and the laws of nature which structure all progress in life. It offers health and fulfillment for every man and woman in every culture on earth.
It is primarily a science of Self-healing divided into eight branches called “ASTANG AYURVEDA”.
Kayachikitsa (General medicine): "cures the diseases affecting to the body".
Kaumāra-bhṛtya and Bala Roga : "treatment of children".
Grah roga ( ... )
Śālākya-tantra (Ophthalmology & ENT): cures the diseases of the teeth, eye, nose or ear etc.
Shalya tantra: surgical techniques.
Agada-tantra : Gada means Poison. "doctrine of antidotes" and Bhuta-vidya deals with the causes, which are directly not visible and not explained directly from tridosha. pertaining to micro-organisms or spirits.
Prasutitantra( Obstretic and Gynecology):Getting complication-free delivery and cure of all women problems.
Rasayana-tantra (Geriatrics/Anti Ageing) : Doctrine of Rasayana/Rejuvenation.
Vajikarana tantra (Aphrodisiacs): deals with healthy and desired progeny.
It offers long lasting to permanent cure, treating the disease from its roots, for most of the ailments. So, a well trained Ayurvedic Physician can practice successfully in the 21th century.
Ans. About 20 years ago, WHO adopted Traditional Medicine program in conjunction with the goal of health for all with the adoption of primary health care approach. W.H.O. has an open mind on Traditional Medicine. However, it endorses only that therapy which has solid scientific evidence with no toxicity. In view of this Ayurveda is duly recognised by W.H.O. Many countries like Srilanka, Nepal, Malaysia, The USA, The UK etc. have recognised Ayurveda and qualified Ayurvedic Doctors are allowed to do practice in their country.