Ayurveda – A Complete Treatment System
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a comprehensive and holistic system of treatment. Ayu means “life,” and “knowledge”. Therefore, Ayurveda means “science of life”. It has been recorded in Sanskrit in Vedas 5,000 years ago.
Ayurveda is a traditional form of medicine in India, while out of India, the world classifies it as an alternative and complementary medicine. As alternative forms of treatment become increasingly popular all over the world, the same is going on with Ayurveda.
Reason for increased popularity of the alternative medicine is a feeling of one’s closeness with the basic principles of this approach. Conventional medicine consider disease only as a consequence. And the methods of treating of conventional medicine aim at eliminating the symptoms.
On the other hand, Ayurveda and other alternative forms of treatment to illness relate to a holistic approach. Even to the conclusion that each disease has not only its cause but also more meaning. Alternative forms of treatment often have philosophical and spiritual premises. The tendency of such a perception of illness or life in general is innate to human beings. This is because they are not only material but also spiritual beings.
Ayurvedic knowledge is of a lasting value. This Indian science does not consist of changing data, but on the eternal wisdom rishis – the sages. Saintly persons who, get the grace of God through their meditations and mantras. And so were enlightened in the heart of this knowledge.
Ayurveda comes from God through:
- Brahma and Indra (this is the 1st source)
- Dhavantari – medical incarnations of God (this is the second source).
Therefore, this knowledge is not subject to the imperfections and inaccuracies of empirical (western) medical science. Ayurveda is knowledge without limit to some time period, and the explanations here will serve the reader throughout his life.
Ayurveda contains eight basic branches of medicine:
- internal medicine;
Each of these medical specialties are in accordance with the theories of five elements (ether, air, fire, water, soil), the dosha or bodily fluids, the seven Dhatus or body tissues, the three male (urine, stool and sweat) , and about the life trinity – body, mind, and spiritual consciousness (soul).
Ayurveda does not only cover science but also religion (yoga) and philosophy (the word philosophy refers to love of the Absolute Truth). Religion or yoga here marks the path to that Absolute Truth. Ayurveda believes that the entire life time has a purpose to find out how this Truth is part of that journey.
Philosophical And Spiritual Aspects
When it comes to the philosophical or spiritual aspects of alternative medicine, there is a need to live in harmony with nature and adaptation to a constant change cycle. The practical part of alternative medicine provides instructions on how to maintain good health and how to stimulate healing once the disease occurs.
As a way to keep good health, a meaningful life is fulfilled with activities that bring about inner and outer fulfillment. But once the disease occurs, alternative treatment systems will give you specific instructions and instructions on how to cure or alleviate the symptoms of the disease. Conventional approach to the disease is treating symptoms of illness and alleviating the discomfort.
On the other hand, alternative human treatment systems treat human as a unique entity, a unique body and mind constitution (similar to its DNA’s uniqueness), and a unique set of life events, and based on that will be diagnosed as well as therapy.
Alternative medicine supporters use nutrition, physical activity, yoga exercises, breathing, acupressure, massage, various natural herbal products, or drug remedies to ease illness or cure. All of these are also an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurvedic medicine has a wide range of herbal remedies in its treatments. Sometimes different plants are mixed and sometimes used individually. Traditional medicine has empirically come to the insight what plants, foods, minerals, and others are beneficial to certain diseases. There were no laboratories in ancient times for studying various herbal preparations. However, today more and more contemporary studies confirm and explain the healing effects of various herbs. Their extracts have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
Ayurveda, as an ancient treatment system, can greatly contribute to health as well as to help an individual view his life on a whole new level.