Is s Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest traditional systems of medicine. From the Sanskrit, it translates to ‘science of life’- ‘ayur’ = life and ‘veda’ = knowledge. The practice of this medicinal system is at least 5000 years old, and India has been practicing Ayurveda for centuries and even now, according to research, about 80 percent of Indians use it in some form or the other. In ancient India, Ayurveda was considered the best way to lead a healthy lifestyle and cure diseases. It is said that Dhanavantari, the God of Ayurveda, incarnated himself as a king and taught medicine to his physicians.
The Science behind Ayurveda
The science behind Ayurveda and the main aim of the practice is to restore the balance between mind, body and spirit. The belief that the five elements of the universe (fire, air, water, space, earth) make up the three humours (doshas) of the human body (vata dosha, pitta dosha, and kapha dosha) is prevalent in the treatment suggested. It makes use of the pancha karma to treat any illness- by applying a variety of techniques to rejuvenate the body by cleansing it of impurities.
How Ayurveda works
Ayurveda deals with ways to naturally heal/ cure any illness or difficulty. Unlike English medicine (allopathy) which has pills that are ready to ingest, Ayurveda has medication that has to be prepared by the individual in a certain way. The practitioner generally suggests slight changes to make in terms of habits, food, and lifestyle, and along with that, prescribes how to take the medicine. A spoonful of this, a pinch of that, and a glass of that; the medication has complex therapeutic formulation. That’s how Ayurvedic medicine works; specific, individualized and effective for each person- it cannot be taken by someone else, unless prescribed, which makes it extremely reliable.
Increasing popularity today
In the modern world, one of the main reasons for Ayurveda gaining such popularity and fanaticism, almost, is that it treats a person individually. There is no generalization and there is no one treatment for all. Any practitioner of Ayurveda will firstly check your vitals as all doctors do, and ask you certain pointed questions; things that might confuse you, but make perfect sense to them. The treatment is, essentially, based on the individual’s composition/ constitution, and therefore, highly specific and completely different to each person and their body type. The fact that more and more people are getting into the habit of maintaining a healthy lifestyle has led to the rise in those seeking the help of Ayurveda. Understanding how the relationship between the human body and nature around us works is preliminary to going towards Ayurveda. It makes use of the vedas to spread knowledge about nature and all the bounty it has to offer.
Some reasons for Ayurveda gaining popularity
- It promises individualized therapy, with a low risk of side effects and high effectiveness.
- The individual is the main focus, along with the ailment. Ayurveda focuses on how to better the individual’s overall health first, with getting rid of the ailment.
- This method of understanding human composition is highly effective, as it focuses on the inherent making and functioning of the body.
- While diagnosing an ailment, it not only brings to light clarity about the medication, but also lifestyle, hygiene, environmental complications, exercise, among others.
- Taking Ayurvedic treatment can often lead to a better lifestyle, where consciously or unconsciously, you manage to fix your daily regimen through making the smallest changes.
- By blending our modern lifestyle and habits with the age-old wisdom of natural healing, Ayurveda helps in leading a stress-free, healthy and happy life.
At Jivaasri, Ayurveda, as heralded by millions, is not just treatment or medication, but a way of life.