Ayurveda is a way of life .It is designated as Ayurveda or the Science of Life wherein are laid down the good and the bad of life, the happy and unhappy life, and what is wholesome and what is unwholesome of life, as also the measure of life.. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words “Ayus” meaning life and “vid”meaning knowledge.


 
“Verily, there is no limit to the scope of the science of life. Therefore, even if it comes from rivals must be accepted with a free mind. In fact, the whole world is the teacher for the wise and enemy to the foolish”

CHARAKA

 

History of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the oldest and most complete system of health care. Its origins date 4000 years back, to the Vedic Civilization in India.Of the four Vedas, the fourth Veda, the Atharva Veda is the source of knowledge about Ayurveda. The Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita are the most famous of the ancient treatises on Ayurveda.


Philosophy of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is applicable to every living thing, as implied by its name, the science of life. Vedic Sciences attribute life to more thing than we normally do—the things such as air, wind, fire, the earth, planets,etc. are all thought to possess conscience like living being.
The basic premise of Ayurveda is that the the entire cosmos or universe is part of one singular absolute. “Ayu” means Life and “Veda” means Knowledge or Science. So,whole word “Ayu:veda” means-“The Science or Knowledge of Life”. This contains a comprehensive and complete natural Herbo-mineral health care system. Ayurveda combines holistic assessment and diagnosis with diet, exercise and Herbal—mineral medication. Ayurveda is a system about right living and right eating. Ayurveda is concerned with achieving balance in body and mind by restoring the balance of three elements like Vata, Pitta and Kapha (Air, Fire and Water) of which the body is made. Each and every person has his/her own individual body constitution according to three elements Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata person has known as VATIC (Controls movement)
Pitta person has known as PAITIC (Controls metabolism)
Kapha person has known as KAPHIC (Controls Structure)
Ayurvedic Medicine works to restore the balance of the three factors on the same principle. Ayurveda is not an invasive system of medicine. It has no side effects, only side benefits.
In short, in these value-conscious days ‘Ayurveda’s time has come.

Principles of Ayurveda

The basic Ayurvedic belief is that everything in this universe, including man, is made up of five elements called panchamahabhutas—akasha (space), vayu (air), agni (fire), jala (water) and prithvi (earth). These panchamahabhutas combine into three doshas or the tridoshas, namely vata, pita and kapha. The tridoshas are vital energies responsible for all psychological and physiological processes in the body.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on the belief that every individual is a unique combination of the tridoshas. Our constitution or our prakriti is determined by our dominant dosha. Each of us was born with a certain prakriti and it remains with us for life.
When all doshas work in balance, good health reigns.
When the doshas become imbalanced ill health results.

Tridoshas: the three vital energies

The five basic elements that constitute all matter, the panchamahabhutas, are expressed through the tridoshas, vata, pitta and kapha, and together they work to sustain life.
Panchamahabhutas are the five great elements of nature. These are air, space, water, fire and earth. The tridoshas govern our entire physical structure and function. They are responsible for the simplest functions of the cell to the most complex processes in the body systems .Our physical characteristics and our emotional and mental tendencies are governed by the three doshas.
Vata is made up of the elements air and space. Vata is in charge of all motion in the body and mind. Vata governs many of the physical and mental phenomena of the nervous system.
Pitta consists of fire and water. Pitta is the agent of all transformations in the body. Chemical processes in our body including enzymes, hormones and the entire nutritional system are Pitta's domains.
Kapha is formed by water and earth. Kapha is the stabilizing influence in the body. The activities of the skeletal and anabolic system can be attributed to Kapha.

Ayurvedic Life Style

Life is God's precious gift to us and it is up to us to make the best of it. Health is the most basic and crucial requirement for a fulfilled life. Ayurveda prescribes a daily routine, 'dinacharya' and a seasonal routine 'ritucharya' for good health.


Dinacharya

A new dawn: An individual should rise early in the morning before sunrise.
Clean habits: Physical and mental purity are pre-requisites for the day's activities. This is achieved through clean habits like brushing the teeth, scraping the tongue, gargling with water which has a pinch of turmeric added to it, bathing, trimming of beard, hair and nails and elimination of body wastes. Meditation enables elimination of mental wastes.
Massage: Daily oil massage strengthens the skin and improves its color and texture. It increases circulation, improves vision and resistance to disease. Massage of the head strengthens and calms sense organs.
Exercise: Exercise is best performed in the morning. should depend on your age and prakriti. Only kapha persons should exercise vigorously. Other prakritis should exercise moderately. Exercise is not advisable for the very weak or for those with respiratory or cardiac disorders. Bathing Soap is not meant for use on the body except when it is really dirty.
Bathing: Bathing within one hour eating is prohibited.
Purification of surroundings: Purification of our bodies and minds should be accompanied by purification of our houses and our surroundings.


Ritucharya
The change of seasons affects the state of our doshas considerably. Hence Ayurveda advocates a seasonal routine to ward off imbalances of the doshas.
Vata increases during winter and spring, pitta during summer and kapha during late winter and spring.

Ayurveda shows the way to a harmonious and graceful life by healthy integration of body, mind and spirit. Thus holistic well-being is the aim of Ayurveda, not mere healing of a specific illness.
 
 
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