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About Ayurveda
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The Vedas, Ayurveda and Hippocrates

As with the tradition of Hippocrates in Western medicine, the Ayurvedic tradition derives its inspiration from an ancient lineage. The practitioners of this tradition believe that at different cycles of Creation, the supreme Creator Brahma inspired the sages to compose the Vedas, of which Ayurveda is one of the branches. The Vedic writings have become the commandment like scriptures of Indian civilization and are regarded as the eternal source of knowledge. It is likely that the writings of Ayurveda are the earliest medical writings known to humanity. The moral emphasis in this discipline is that the knowledge is to be used for the benefit of humanity. Hence you will often find the practitioners of Ayurveda talk in terms personal matters and use terminology like God, the Spirit and Nature as opposed to money matters, insurance policies and patient turn around time.
The names of famous medical practitioners in Ayurveda are sages like Charak, Shusrut, Vagbhatt, and Atrey. Side by side with the intense study of biology and botany, these early masters perfected the system of Yoga, which is a common household word in the West and an integral part of Ayurvedic medical practice. Due to its long history, in-depth clinical experience, and a dedicated sense of service, Ayurveda can be regarded as a kind of science of life. In search of balance and harmony in the complicated personality of the human being, the practitioners of Ayurveda look for the control and direction of the 'vital breath of life', where the spirit, the body and the mind are in harmony. Thus Ayurveda emphasizes the psychology of emotional adjustment in conjunction with drugs, diet, and other habits meant for healthy living. "Prevention is better than cure," is a strong principle in this practice and preventive medicine and self-control are given prime importance in Ayurveda.

The philosophy of Ayurveda

According to a Hindu religion philosophy, the evolution of a human being becomes possible after he/she has lived through 840,000 previous births. This symbolic figure is meant to emphasize the uniqueness of our humanity. It implies that the human race is special and that our goal is to rediscover and cherish our existence upon this earth. Ayurveda accepts this symbolism. It also emphasizes the connection between humans and other worlds, making our race a part of the larger universe. Ayurveda subscribes to these values of cherishing life and discovery of meaning in our existence.
Another goal in Ayurveda is to achieve Nirvana or liberation from all kinds of "wants". This is primarily achieved through good health, which is regarded as the supreme foundation of life. A healthy and happy person is no burden to anyone and with the right attitude can contribute to the welfare of others as well as his own. This state of being is called Virtue in Sanskrit meaning leading a virtuous life. Its opposite is Kamma or temptation, which is accompanied by irregular living and disease. With this view, Ayurveda cultivates the awareness that balanced living leads us to being virtuous or to Nirvana and freedom from all "wants".

Balance in Ayurveda:

In clinical terms, Ayurveda advocates that our health is regulated by three fundamental values, called vata, pitta, and kapha.Vata governs movement, Pitta is concerned with functions of heat, metabolism, and energy production and Kapha, governs physical structure and fluid balance. As a group they are known as the quality of "dosha", or imperfections. These three factors govern all the activities of our mind and body and they have to be balanced through intelligent choices for optimal health. The main purpose of Ayurvedic treatments is to establish the balance in these three fundamental qualities.
The sub branches of Ayurvedic medical knowledge.

Ayurveda has eight specialized branches as follows:

(1) Kaya chikitsa or Internal medicine.
(2) Salya tantra or Surgery.
(3) Salakya tantra or Management of diseases of Eye & ENT.
(4) Kaumar bhutya or Pediatrics.
(5) Bhutavidya or Psycho-therapy including Seizures by evil spirits.
(6) Agada tantra or Toxicology.
(7) Rasayana tantra or Geriatrics.
(8) Vajikarana tantra or the Science of aphrodisiacs.

Ayurveda includes the Astronomical science, Astrology including Indian philosophy. Health is the supreme foundation of Virtue, Wealth, Kamma and diseases are the destroyers of Life and Shreyas. According to Hinduism after eighty four lacs of births, a human being is evolved; hence human form is the only stage when man can liberate himself from this cycle of births and deaths. Thus, man's life is the most significant and precious in which he has to strive hard for Liberation-Nirvana.
With this view in mind Ayurveda denotes that this body, the media to Nirvana is to be cared for, just as a Mayor takes care of the city and charioteer daily oils his axle and keeps clean, similarly one has to take care of his body.
Ayurveda prescribes "dos and donts" for the preservation as well as promotion of positive health and prevention as well as cure of diseases.

What you need for a balance:

Your health can be simplified to three fundamental principles of nature called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha (these three are called Dosha).These three factors govern all the activities of your mind and body. When they are in balance, health is optimal. The main purpose of all Ayurvedic treatments is to establish balance in these three fundamental principles.

Basic Functions:

Vata : Governs bodily functions concerned with movement.
Pitta : Governs bodily functions concerned with heat, metabolism, and energy production
Kapha : Governs bodily functions concerned with physical structure, and fluid balance


Vata: Moving quick, light, cold, minutes, rough dry, leads the order Doshas.
Pitta: hot, sharp, light, acidic, slightly, oily.
Kapha: heavy, oily, slow, cold, steady, solid, dull.

Results of Balance

Balance Vata

Balance Pitta

Balance Kapha

Mental alertness. Normal heat and thirst mechanism. Muscular strength.
Proper formation of body tissues.. Strong digestion. Strong immunity.
Normal alimentation.. Sharp Intellect. Affection, generosity, courage, dignity.
Strong immunity.. Lustrous Complexion. Healthy, Normal, Joints.
Sound sleep.. Contentment. Vitality and stamina.
Sense of exhilaration.. Stability of mind.

Results of Imbalance

Imbalanced Vata

Imbalanced Pitta

Imbalanced Kapha

Dry or Rough Skin. Rashes, skin inflammations. Oily skin.
Constipation. Heartburn. v Sinus congestion.
Common fatigue(non-specific cause) Premature graying, baldness. Obesity.
Tension headaches. Hostility, irritability. Slow digestion.
Underweight. Visual problems. Nasal allergies.
Insomnia. Excessive body heat. Lethargy, dullness.
Intolerance of cold.
Anxiety, worry.

The six tastes and examples

Sweet: Sugar, milk, butter, rice, breads, Pasta.
Sour: Yogurt, lemon, cheese .
Salty: Salt.
Pungent: Spicy foods, ginger,hot peppers,Cumin.
Bitter: Green leafy vegetables, Turmeric.
Astringent: Beans, Lentils,Pomegranate.

How to use the six tastes

To Decrease Vata-Sweet, Sour, Salty.
To Increase Vata-Pungent, Bitter, Astringent.
To Decrease Pitta-Sweet, Bitter, Astringent.
To Increase Pitta-Pungent, Sour, Salty.
To Decrease Kapha-Pungent, Bitter, Astringent.
To Increase Kapha-Sweet, Sour, Salty.

Ayurved is based upon a deep communion with the spirit of life itself and a profound understanding of the movement of the life- force and its different manifestations within our entire psycho-physical system. It is complete science of its own. It is a truly holistic medicine whose wealth we have just begun to explore in the Western world.
Ayurved is not merely a kind of antiquated folk medicine. It is a science in its own right. Yet it is a science based upon the observation of living being and their actual reaction to their environment. In this way, it classifies not only individuals but also foods, herbs, emotions, climates, and lifestyles in an energetic language that reflects the entire living world around us.
Ayurved possesses perhaps the longest clinical experience of any system of medicine, with a history of Ayurvedic hospitals and colleges going back for over three thousand years. It has a science of anatomy and physiology that follows a ritualistic model based upon the biological humors. It has an extensive herbal and mineral industry, including what is probably the greatest variety of herbal and pharmaceutical preparation in the world. These include herbal wines, jellies, confections, resins, balsams, pills, and extensive system mineral and metallic preparations. It has special clinical methods, including the use of steam therapy, oil massage, and Pancha Karma purification and rejuvenation. Perhaps most importantly, it also has a whole science of self-care, including an entire methodology of right living for optimum health and the promotion of greater awareness and creativity. All of this follows a constitutional model that considers the unique nature of the individual of the primary factor in health, not disease as an entity in itself.
While western medicine has focused upon pathogens and how to control disease from the outside, Ayurved concentrates on the individual's immunity and how to control disease through balancing the life-force within the individual, As the limitation of antibiotics are becoming evident, such regimes for strengthening our own internal or immune system may be crucial for our health as a species through the coming century.