Ayurveda - An Introduction
Ayurveda is probably the biggest gift that India has endowed upon the
world. It is the oldest branch of medicine that originated in ancient India.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that comes from two words 'Ayur', which means
life and 'Veda' meaning science. Developed during the Vedic Period, its
origin is believed to more than 5000 years old. It is said the Lord Brahma
himself taught it to Dhanvantari who further distributed it to the
betterment of humans. The earliest works that give a detailed insight into
the world of Ayurveda are Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita.
The main principle of Ayurveda is that it does not consider only the
effected part during treatment, but body as a whole. This principle has
literally become the greatest advantage of Ayurveda as this system almost
nullifies all side effects that can sometimes arise. Experienced Ayurveda
practitioners argue that Ayurveda is not a way of cure, but a way of life.
Today, Ayurveda is not contained to India, but has spread to all parts of
The Eight Branches of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is very wide branch of medicine. And for the ease of study,
Ayurveda has been split into eight different sections called 'Ashtanga
Hridaya'. They are Kaya Chikilsa (Internal Medicine), Kaumara Britya
(pediatrics), Graha Chikilsa (Psychiatry), Shalakya Tantra (Ent,
Opthamology), Shalya Tantra (Surgery), Agada Tantra (Toxicology), Rasayana
Chikilsa (Rejuvenation), Vajeekarana Chikilsa (Science of Aphrodisiac). Each
of these branches deals with innumerable number of diseases and their cure
related to their specifications. Some of them diseases are not yet
recognized by modern medicines.
The Methods of Treatment
Ayurveda considers the body to be made of five elements namely Earth,
Water, Fire, air, and space; the same elements that constitute the universe.
And it recognizes three biological humors that maintain the proper
functioning of the body. They are Ether and air that manage the movements
(Vata Dosha), Fire and water together control the process of metabolism and
growth (Pita Dosha) , and water and earth combine to govern the Kapha Dosha.
All methods of treatment are based on these principles.
The Magic Ayurveda In Kerala
Kerala has secured the top spot when it comes to treatment of Ayurveda. So
much so, that Kerala today is referred to as the Land of Ayurveda. The main
factor which contributed to this is the magnificent climate that is
absolutely perfect for all ayurvedic treatments. The salubrious environment
in most cases proves to be a catalyst for the treatment. The best months are
between June and November which are the monsoon months in Kerala. The number
of professional ayurvedic hospitals present in Kerala are hard to be
believed. The rich cover of forest that has some rare herbs and plants used
in ayurveda makes Kerala even more advantageous for ayurvedic treatment.
The Benefits of Ayurveda
Ayurveda has proved itself as one of the safest and assured way of
treatment for all types of minor and major diseases. Ayurveda is completely
a natural way of treatment where chances of side effect are ever so slight.
The Ayurveda considers the complete body while treating any diseases. So
after the cure, you not only get freedom from the disease but also enjoy