is one of the greatest ancient sciences. 'Ayu' means life
and 'Veda' means knowledge. The origins of Ayurveda date back
to the evolution of civilization on Earth. Thousands of years
ago India's greatest wise men documented the knowledge of
life in the oldest scriptures known to mankind, Rigveda, Atharvaveda
and Yajurveda. The basic principles of Ayurveda are mentioned
in these scriptures. Ayurveda is the sub-scripture of Yajurveda.
This Veda contains abundance of information on how to keep
yourself healthy and to control disease.
originated as a part of Vedic science, which is a spiritual
science and gives a clear understanding of the entire universe,
which it sees as working according to a single law. Vedic
science includes Yoga, Meditation, Astrology etc. Ayurveda
is its branch for dealing with the physical body, and it includes
herbal medicines, dietetics, physiology, surgery, psychology,
basic philosophy of Ayurveda is that suffering is disease
and happiness is good health. No one can be healthy if they
do not posses a sound body, a sound mind and a sound soul.
Ayurveda outlines the complete way of life, it illustrates
how we should keep healthy by guiding us on the basic aspects
of personal hygiene and social conduct. Ayurveda emphasizes
the importance of preventive medicine, which is achieved by
developing the individual's own immune system to fight against
infections and disease.
is part of the Vedas, the oldest available record of supreme
knowledge and experience of mankind, the essence of which
is mankind's harmony with nature and oneness with the universe.
Ayurveda is to be viewed in such a broader perspective.
Ayurvedic treatment is practiced on two levels, one for the
individual and self-care, and the other for the healer and
his practice. The first outlines a detailed life-style treatment
for enhancing health and prevention of disease, with some
simple home-remedies for different diseases. A few simple
therapies done as a part of our daily routine are extremely
effective. It's only when our life- style is out of harmony
with nature that more severe diseases arise, and more specialized
and complicated health care becomes necessary.
second level provides some of this specialized Ayurvedic medical
knowledge utilized by a health care professional. Many Ayurvedic
methods are ways of correcting disorders in the energy field
behind the physical body, as well as the field of consciousness.
Most disease conditions involve physical, mental and spiritual
factors and require treatment on all three levels. Ayurveda,
traditionally, involves a treatment of the entire human being
and its full cosmic nature.
to the Upanishads, the spiritual teachings of ancient India,
disease is the highest form of spiritual knowledge, whereby
the truth of life and the truth of one's own self can be revealed.
Disease may be a sign of wrong actions in life, but can also
be an indication that the soul is directing its energy within.
Either way it requires a spiritual re-examination of our lives,
especially if the disease is severe. Therefore, self-examination
is the first step and basic principle of understanding and
resolving any disease.
Ayurvedic medicines consist of various natural herbs and minerals
and are gradually gaining acceptance all over the world.
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