The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda means “the science of life.”
In Ayurvedic medicine, health is defined as the soundness of sharir (body), mana (mind), and aatma (self). Each of these must be nurtured if an individual is to have good health.
Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness. Ayurveda offers methods of finding out early stages of diseases that are still unknown to modern medical science.
Ayurveda understands that a person remains healthy when he is living in harmony with nature and disease arises when a person is out of harmony with the cycles of nature. All things in the universe (both living and non-living) are combined together in Ayurveda.
Why should we go for Ayurvedic treatment?
The main goal of Ayurveda is prevention as well as promotion of the body’s own capacity for maintenance and balance.
Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness.
Ayurvedic medicine also treats specific physical and mental health problems.
Basically in Ayurveda there are three essential humours. Vayu, Pitta and Kapha. Blood is added as the fourth humour.
Vayu: It controls the creation, growth, and disintegration of all living organisms.
Pitta: It is responsible for the creation of heat and all forms of radiant energy in the body. It is also responsible for the pumping action of heart, skin’s temperature, and the vitality of blood.
Kapha: Kapha supplies the placid and cooling principles to the body which can cause disease if they become imbalanced.
Importance of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is to promote health, increase immunity and resistance, and to cure diseases.
The two main aims of Ayurveda are maintenance of this equilibrium and its repair in case of any imbalance and derangement.
Ideas about the relationships among people, their health, and the universe form the basis for how Ayurvedic practitioners think about problems that affect health.
Ayurveda had recognized the importance of the environment in the total health.
Ayurveda gives equal importance to mental health
Ayurveda deals with medical subjects such as genetics, gynecology, etiology, surgery, physiology, biology, diet, ethics, personal hygiene, social medicine, allied subjects like animal biology, botany, cultivation, pharmacognosy, chemistry, and cosmology.
Ayurveda helps each individual realign their living patterns to bring about health and peace and to remember that their true nature is spirit.
Ayurveda gives equal importance to both preventive and curative aspects.