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Introducing Ayurveda

A native perspective

Bios means life. Logos means studies. Therefore, biology is the study of life. Likewise, Ayumeans life and Veda signifies the ancient Indian form of preserving knowledge. Therefore,Ayurveda is a collection of studies related to life. This collection is in Sanskrit and in an ancient Indian poetic form known as the shlokas. Ayurveda evolved around 600 BC in India. At the time, printing

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Ayurvedic Thought


Ayurveda is the ancient science of health developed through the age-old research of the rishies(sages). It is the tradition of health care developed and followed by Indians through the centuries and it thrives even in the present times.

Ayurveda uses a system of analysis and physical examination done almost entirely by macroscopic observation (with the exception of pulse examination) to ascertain one’s ‘Prakruti’

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Ayurvedic Milestones

Milestones in the Development of Ayurveda

And the WHO Report on the growing demand for Ayurvedic Medicines.

Source: Department of Ayurveda, Govt of India

Divine origin of Ayurveda from Lord Brahma – Dates back to origin of human race 5000 BC – Mention of various references on Health, Diseases and Medicinal Plants in Rig-veda and Atharv-veda 1000 BC – Origin of Attreya

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Ayurvedic Treatment

Points to remember

When consulting an Ayurvedic doctor for treatment, you get much more than a 5 minute consultation and below you can discover how an Ayurvedic doctor treats a patient.

Major beliefs underlie Ayurveda?

Here is a summary of major beliefs in Ayurveda that pertain to health and disease.

Interconnectedness Ideas about the relationships among people, their health, and the universe form the basis

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Ashtang Ayurved

Modes of healing

The famous ayurvedic sage Charak rishi talks about eight specialized branches of treatment designed to treat all known human illnesses. To make it easier to understand we can divide ayurvedic treatment in eight different parts according to Charak sanhita, a scientific creation of Charak rishi.

They are:

Kaya chikitsa (Internal medicine) Shalya tantra (Surgery) Shalakya tantra (Ophthalmology and few problems related to

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Garbhini Paricharya

The case files

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy is one of the most important events in the life of every woman and ayurved has suggested a very good protocol for that, which is called garbhini paricharya. It has given a detailed description of ahar (nutrition), vihar (life style) and vichar (thought process) to be followed during pregnancy. According to ayurved, all these directly affect the mother

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In the articles so far, we have been introduced to pre-procedures like snehan (olation therapy) and swedan (fomentation therapy). We have further discussed vaman (induced vomiting) and virechan (purgation therapy). This article will elaborate the procedure of basti i.e. ayurvedic enema.

Basti means introducing liquids like medicated oils, herbal concoctions and milk per perineum (through the anus, urinary meatus or vaginal orifice (in

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Shalya Tantra

Ayurvedic surgery

We have seen in the last article that Ashtanga Ayurved means an eight-branched tree, which collectively constitutes treatment of different problems, the human body may face. The details of these eight specialized branches are elaborately given in three ancient ayurvedic text books viz. Charak sanhita, Sushrut sanhita and Vagbhata’s Ashtang hrudaya.

Ayurved believes that our body is created of five universal factors.

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Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology are based on three factors— dosh (basic body constituents), dhatu (body tissues) and mala (body wastes.) Ayurved believes that dhatu gives structure to the body and they are the ones who function for the body under the governance of the dosha. In all, there are seven dhatu: rasa, rakta, mansa, med, asthi, majja and shukra. From rasa (life sap) the

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Agad Tantra

Ashtang Ayurved

Ayurved provides us with detailed information and treatment for sthavar (non animal) and jangam (animal) visha (poisons). We can obtain valuable information about toxins and their management in Charak Sanhita, Sushruta Sanhita and Sharangdhar Sanhita. The sixth section of Ashtang Ayurved, a mega book written by the famous sage Vagbhata Rishi is Uttar Sthana which has a total of 40 adhyaya (chapters.) Out

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