Ayurveda is called the knowledge of life. Ayu stands for Life and Veda for Knowledge. It has been practised in India for thousands of years now. Lord Dhanwantri who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu is revered as the God of Ayurveda. The origins of Ayurveda are found in Arthaveda which contains 114 hymns that describe the medicines and treatments for acute and chronic ailments of Humans. Ayurveda aims at maintenance of physical, mental and social health of an individual. It aims to balance the mind, body and spirit of a person.
Ayurveda emphasises in leading a healthy life in tune with nature. It has a holistic approach and focuses on natural healing through the natural resources. In the ancient India mankind was solely depended either on the Ayurvedic or the Home remedies through the medieval era saw a major decline in Ayurvedic practices, the aftermath was even worse as the British and Muslim invaders gave no heed to Indian values of life and sciences. With the advent of the Britishers, western learning and sciences made their roots in India. Ayurveda went under a headstrong fight with the western scientist and doctors who nullified its value because it lacked experiments and proves.
Ayurveda has still made its way in healing various ailments and Indians are still dependent on it for a number of diseases. Ayurvedic medicine works on the root cause of a disease. Nowadays Ayurveda comes under the alternative medicines but earlier it was the only option for the curing the various ailments. I knew people who are very much sceptical about the Allopathy treatments as the medicines such as steroids and antibiotics have ample of side effects on human body. Nevertheless one cannot ignore the achievements of western medical sciences but there are diseases like Depression, Parkinson disease and many others which are easily and quickly healed through herbs and meditation techniques.
Ayurveda has three rudimentary substances which are Tri dosha (Three problems): Vat, Pitta and Kapha, the imbalance in any of them results in a disease. Initially, an Ayurvedic Practitioner analyses the pulse of a patient to check the imbalances of any of these doshas. In India, there are an umpteen number of Ayurvedic hospitals which provide treatments for different ailments. Most of the Indians prefer to take treatment in Kerala because of the natural environment and tranquillity.
Ayurvedic Therapies like:
1) Panchkarma – It has five bio cleansing procedures for the purpose of detoxification of the whole body.
2) Pizhichil – It’s an oil treatment, where the drops of the medicated oil are squeezed on the body of the patient, this treatment cures body pain and it improves blood circulation.
There are many more therapies in Ayurveda for the diseases Human beings are suffering in the modern times.