Ayurveda is supposed to be a minimum of 5000 years old, but according to Vedic sutra, this ancient wisdom is eternal. It is there in the cosmos and descends on a receptive mind.
The word Ayurveda emerges from two words – Ayur (life/age) and Veda(science/wisdom). The modern medical science starts with the diseases and ends on their symptomatic treatment.
But Ayurveda is unique. It starts with a healthy lifestyle. The primary aim of Ayurveda is not to cure the sick but to preserve the health of the healthy. It is not a defensive but proactive science.Normally it appears to the layman that Ayurveda is all about herbal home remedies and yoga etc. But Ayurveda is complete health science. It has 8 branches that cover all the aspects of health. These branches are –
Kayachikitsa – It is the general medicine of Ayurveda. Kaya means the body(body metabolism) and “chikitsa” means treatment.
Shalya – Shalya is the surgery of Ayurveda. Ayurveda describes intricate topics like organ replacement, brain surgery, etc. It also contains a description of 108 types of surgical instruments. Shalyatantra elaborates on the concept of surgical sterilization, ages before it was discovered by modern medicine.
Shalakya – If you think that acupressure originated in China, think again. The word shalaka means the needle. According to Ayurveda, there are innumerous nadi or nerves in the body that carries vital energy.
We suffer from diseases when this energy is blocked. Shalakyatantra is the science of treating diseases with the help needles. This branch specializes in the treatment of the sensitive area of the head region and sense organs.
Agadtantra – This branch is the toxicology of Ayurveda. The word Agada stands for medicine or antidote. Tantra signifies science. Ayurvedic toxicology is vast. It covers details about all kinds of poisons, their effects, and treatments.
Bhutavidya – This is a much-misunderstood term of Ayurveda. The word bhuta denotes existence or entity. According to Ayurveda, the basic entity is mind.
Everything emerges from the mind. And bhutavidya is the psychritry of Ayurveda. It deals with all kinds of mental illness, their symptoms and their treatment.
Kaumarbratya – “Kumar” means the child, and “Britya” mean to take care. Kaumarbritya is the pediatrics of Ayurveda. It also deals with all female and male reproduction problems and infertility. The major focus of this branch is on pregnancy and delivery.
It also covers post-partum treatment of mother and child, preventive measures for postpartum depression in mothers, etc.
childhood disorders and their treatments
Rasayana – This branch of Ayurveda deals with gerontology or science of aging. Rasayana describes various methods to stabilize and even reverse aging. This science reflects on the highly advanced society that could think beyond food security and basic health problems.
Vajikaran – This branch of Ayurveda describes advanced techniques to stabilize the reproductive power of both male and female. According to this science, the average age of the population in ancient time was 100 years. According to ancient wisdom, child-rearing and family life is the best ground for penance and self-development. And therefore, Vedas promote the concept of having multiple offsprings.
This is a brief introduction of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic herbs like ashwagandha, Shatavari, tulsi, turmeric etc are scientifically proven to possess incredible medicinal properties. Currently, many kinds of researches are underway to test multiple Ayurvedic concepts and we hope to understand this ancient wisdom soon.
Ayurveda for our welfare
Few concepts of Ayurveda can bring immense health benefits even to a layman. Let’s have a look at them.
Avoid the cause – Health preservation is the fundamental concept of Ayurveda. Ayurveda does not promise a miracle cure for everything. But the basic concept of Ayurveda is Nidana Parivarjanama. Nidana means the source/reason and Parivarjanam means to prevent. We can have a healthy and long life only if we avoid unhealthy food and lifestyle. According to Ayurveda, if you have unhealthy food and lifestyle, no medicine can save you.
Dinacharya – In accordance with the above rule, we must not wait for the diseases. Instead, we should make active efforts to preserve our health every day. A healthy daily routine is the first step towards a healthy and long life.
Ayurvedicdinacharya describes how every hour should be spent. It extends healthy conduct right from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night.
Ritucharya – Changing seasons have a great impact on our metabolism. Therefore, Ayurveda is the first science that describes a detailed preventive regime for each season. Ritucharya is not limited to only food and lifestyle changes. It also includes codes of moral conduct that can preserve our peace of mind.
Rules for food intake – Ayurveda provides detailed medicinal properties of more than 1000 herbs, fruits, flower, grains, etc. It also explains the preparation method for various health conditions. Ayurveda is a complete dietary system. It also includes incompatible food combinations and contra-indicated food.
These are some basic health preservation concepts in Ayurveda. If a person follows all of the above principals, any kind of sickness is a rare possibility. However, Ayurveda also has an elaborate system of treatment for all kinds of disorders. Let’s explore more of this eternal knowledge and include it in our lives.
Why vegan, organic and natural?
Ayurveda is the fifth Veda. The human incarnation is considered to be the base for spiritual enlightenment. And therefore, Ayurveda believes in the basic values of non-violence and respect for life in all forms.
The best food according to Ayurveda is the one that you can get without harming anyone. And therefore vegetarian food is considered healthier for mind and body. However, the concept of vegan is closer to non violence, and better than vegetarianism.Today, we see extreme commercialization of dairy, apiculture (bee keeping), and everything related to animal-based products.
So, the violence towards animals is not limited to only butchery.Besides, this extreme commercialization and consumerism is giving birth to unhealthy food. Unnatural milk from genetically modified cows is causing allergies all over the world. The unnatural food fed to cows (minced chicken and eggs) in the form of branded animal fodder yields highly toxic milk.This is not all. Heavy doses of anti-biotics in cows, poultry, and even honey bees has led to the development of super-bugs. These bugs are resistant to all kinds of anti-biotics.
Injection of hormones in animals, esp.cows (oxytocin) to extract more milk has severe adverse effects. This unnatural use of hormones is the reason is sudden rise in hormonal problems in human beings. We are sitting on a time bomb of life threatening epidemic where all current medicines will be ineffective.
In the present condition, we can safely ignore the concept of non-violence. But we must avoid all animal based food for our own safety. Vegan is the new mantra for health preservation. And Ayurveda completely supports Veganism.
Why Organic and natural
Ayurveda strictly prohibits produce that grows in unnatural climatic and soil conditions. According to Ayurveda such fruits, vegetables and grains do not contain the natural nutrition. In fact, they are considered to be toxic.
However, today we eat all kinds of genetically modified fruits, vegetables, grains etc. These products are the cause of rapid increase in autoimmune, allergic disorders and even cancers.
Besides, most of the food produce contains heavy doses of fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. These chemicals are highly toxin and create disturbances in our metabolism. Most of them are highly carcinogenic. In a way, this is not food, but “food-like” inedible products.
Genetically modified food and hazardous chemicals are making the soil infertile. They are depleting our water resources and poisoning the environment. It is high time that we become conscious of this unhealthy change and arrest it ASAP.
Organic and naturally grown produce is the only way to preserve the rapid deterioration of our health. Ayurveda recommends everything that is in sync with nature. Anything that encroaches on nature’s bounty is neither good for the environment nor for human beings.
The good of one lies in the good of all! May this information helps us to make the best choices in your journey of PURE NATURAL LIVING!