Ayurveda is the Ancient Indian Science of healing. Infact the oldest known system to Human mankind. The word 'Ayurveda' is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Ayur' which means 'Life' and 'Veda' which means 'Knowledge'.
Hence, Ayurveda is the Knowledge of Life itself. Ayurveda describes the process of life as a highly dynamic one where the different functions in the body are harmoniously integrated. This harmony has to be preserved for a person to be healthy and requires some basic factors like proper diet, proper balance of mental and physical rest and activity, adaptations to changes in the environment etc. Even in spite of taking care of all these factors, certain factors like the genetic make-up of a person, micro-organisms, exposure to harmful and poisonous substances in-advertently or otherwise, aging etc. tend to disturb the equilibrium disrupting certain functions in the body.
Any disturbance to any function also disturbs the other functions. For example, when a person’s digestion is not proper, he may not have a proper bowel movement, which will make him feel heavy, and bloated, which could then precipitate a headache, it could disturb his sleep which in turn could aggravate his digestive process and so on creating vicious circles leading to more and more chronic diseases.
The body of a healthy person in the meanwhile tries to re-establish the harmony with some support from the person. Like, if the person doesn’t over feed himself on feeling heavy, the body gets over the initial problem and thereby prevents the chain of events. When the harmony is upset in a number of functions and particularly with growing age, the ability of the body to bounce back to normalcy gets hampered. With more and more functions getting upset the problems get into more complications and become irreversible or not fully curable.
Ayurveda has a very holistic concept comprising of various approaches to help the body re-establish the harmony by addressing the problem at the different levels.
For minor disruptions in health, the approach comprises of identifying the type of functional aberration and using appropriate interventions to re-establish normalcy.
Ayurveda recommends a number of safe and effective herbal combinations , dietary modifications and lifestyle changes which help bring back the functions to normalcy. This approach is called samana. This approach is helpful in curing mild to moderate diseases and in palliative care of chronic diseases. Therapies and medications to control specific diseases and those meant to correct specific functions also come under this form of therapy More..
Where the disease process involves the production of toxic chemicals – Ama (free radicals) in the body, in the most chronic diseases and as routine procedure, Ayurveda recommends a systematic process of detoxification as a first and foremost step in the therapeutic intervention.
Nowadays the level of toxicity is more due to lifestyle disorders, water and air polluted atmosphere in every individual be it a child or an adult. Ayurveda recommends a thorough detoxification (Sodhanam ) through the use of Panchakarma – The five therapeutic forms of detoxification. Preceding the administration of detoxification therapies, preparatory therapies like oil saturation (Snehenam) and induced sweating (Swedanam) are used to mobilise the toxicity from all parts of the body to the Gastrointestinal tract to help the system eliminate them and improve blood circulation More..
Chronic diseases debilitate and destroy the tissues in the body and so Ayurveda describes a very specialised form of therapy to prevent and reverse the damage to tissues in the body caused by various diseases. These are called as Rasayanam – Tissue repair therapy. Many herbs and herbal preparations have been described in Ayurveda to combat the harmful effects of different types of diseases affecting different tissues. More..
If the diseases process is very mild, appropriate interventions in food itself could be adequate to correct the disease. Eg, an attack of Diarrhoea can very well be treated by avoiding heavy, oily and spicy food and administering buttermilk. More