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Philosophy of Ayurved
Ayurveda is not just a medical system that treats diseases, it is a way of life entrenched on various philosophies and guiding principles. It is greatly influenced by Samkhya and Vaiseshika school of thoughts, which is evident from the similarities between the theories explained, the di fference being Ayurveda explained everything according to the utility of Science.
Ayurved believes in Panchamahabhuta Siddhanta and explains every material phenomenon in this Universe, no matter how small it is, is composed of five subtle elements – Prithvi (earth), Ap (water), Tejas (fire), Vayu(air) and Akasha (ether/space). Similarly, the central concept of Ayurveda is the Tridosha theory that explains Vata, Pitta and Kapha as the three factors responsible for the wellness and diseased states of individuals.”.
Ayurveda through the AGES
Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. Ayurveda in Sanskrit translates to the internal meaning of “knowledge of life”. Ayurveda is the principle of the ancient wisdom of life that intricates the living of the human body with its environment and their interactions. It is derived from the Sanskrit abbreviation “Ayur” means life and Veda mean “knowledge”. What makes Ayurveda unique is its emphasis on total wellness, considering the treatment as the combination of science and art. Ayurveda deals with permanently healing the person and effectively treating the disease. Made up of natural herbs and extracts of fruits, vegetables, spices, etc the ayurvedic medicines and products help in curing diseases without any side effects. Ayurveda is widely practiced on the Indian subcontinent more than 90 percent of Indians use some form of Ayurvedic medicine, according to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing and the tradition has gained popularity in the Western world, though it’s still considered an alternative medical treatment. Ayurvedic medicines focus to work on the root cause of the problem to cure the specific system of our body, and hence we can maintain good health for a long time.
Basic Principles Of AYURVEDA
Ayurveda is the most ancient medical system known to mankind and still enjoys the glorified status and popularity worldwide. How? It is because of the unique concept that it holds – The Tridoshas, The Dhathus and The Prakruthi. Ayurveda treats not just the disease but the person itself, based on these three elemental concepts.
The Tridoshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. While Vata is the regulator of all types of dynamic activities in the body, Pitta is responsible for all types of metabolism and Kapha controls the structure and lubrication aspects of the body. When these doshas are in balanced state, it constit utes health and the imbalance of these leads to diseases.
The innate nature or Prakruthi of each individual is based on these three doshas itself and categorized as Vata Prakruti, Pitta Prakruti and Kapha Prakruthi. Dhathus, the structural components are 7 in number namely, Rasa (plasma), Rakta (Red blood cells), Mamsa (muscle tissue), Medas (fat tissue), Asthi (Bone tissue) Majja (bone marrow) and Shukra (reproductive substances). Each Dhatu is nourished by the previous Dhathu and any impairment in nourishment affects the normal metabolism at the Dhatu level and result in diseases of the respective Dhathu.