AYURVEDA- ‘Ayur’- life ‘Veda’- science
Ayurveda is the science of life.
What is Ayurveda to well-being is similar to what Religion is to God? Ayurveda is identified with the right and sound method for living and correcting the imbalance in a diseased body and mind. The inception of Ayurveda is said to be from Atharva Veda. Ayurveda has got 8 branches or Ashtangas.
“Kaaya baala graha urdhvaanga shalya damshtra jara vrshan Ashtau angaani tasyaahuh chikitsa yeshu samsthitaah.”
They are as follows:
· Kayachikitsa (General Medicine)
· Bala Chikitsa (Pediatrics)
· Grahachikitsa (Psychiatry)
· Urdhvangachikitsa (Ophthalmology & ENT)
· Shalyatantra (Surgery)
· Visha Chikitsa (Clinical Toxicology)
· Rasayanachikitsa (Rejuvenative therapy )
· Vajeekaranachikitsa (Reproductive Medicine/Aphrodisiacs)
Ayurveda is a holistic healing and wellness science. The main aim of Ayurveda is ‘protect the health of the healthy and to alleviate disorders of the diseased’.
· Swasthasya Swathya Rakshanam – To protect and maintain the health of a healthy person (Preventive and Social Medicine)
· Aturasya Vikar Prashamanam – To treat the disease and giving relief to a sick person (Therapeutics)
Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The meaning of well-being in Ayurveda is a balance of all body elements at the physical, mental, and soul level. Ayurveda mainly focuses on maintenance of good health and religiously believes “Prevention is better than Cure.” Therefore the extent of Ayurveda is wide and includes diet, conduct, standards of right living and additionally curing sickness and medication of illness.
The arrangement of Ayurveda considers a man as a part of nature and the whole universe, as opposed to Allopathy which considers a man as a single individual entity. The framework of Ayurvedic treatment and its approach goes past objectivity and unions objectivity with subjectivity. The role of Allopathy is indispensable today with superb technological advancement of the understanding of disease and medicine but Ayurveda has an equally indispensable role in maintaining that the roots of health care in the mind and the soul and to cure ailments, it relies on herbal medicines, Panchkarma, and diet and also teaches you a good lifestyle.