About Ayurveda

The term ‘Ayurveda’ emerged from Sanskrit. It is literally made up of two terms, ‘Ayuh’ denoting life and ‘Veda’ representing knowledge. It comprises of all the aspects of life. It is a science that originated in the Indian subcontinent 6000 years ago. All the principles and aspects associated with this science are rightly rooted in Vedas.

It is believed that the first medicine made from the application of Ayurveda came into existence during 1000 BC. Here recovery of the patient is ensured through the perfect fusion of science, philosophy and spirituality. The process of treatment via Ayurveda directly influences ‘the body, mind and the spirit’ of the patient in a positive manner.

As per Ayurveda, A perfect health can be attained by keeping a balance between all three doshas (bioenergy), normal agni (metabolic processes) and maintaining proper excretions from the body. It is a phase at which athma (soul), Indriya (senses), mann (intellect) are in harmony and stay composed with internal peace.

There are both preventive and curative medicines in Ayurveda. There are 8 specialized branches of Ayurveda as mentioned below.

Branches of Ayurveda

  1. Kaya-Chikitsa (Internal Medicine), which primarily focuses on the imbalance, digestion and metabolic function,
  2. Shalya Chikitsa (surgery),
  3. Salakya Chikitsa (ear, eye, nose & throat),
  4. Prasuti and Stri-Rog (Obstetrics/Gynecology),
  5. Bala Chikitsa/ Kaumarbhritya (Pediatrics),
  6. Graha-Chikitsa (Psychology & Psychiatry),
  7. Agadha-tantra (Toxicology),
  8. Rasayana (Rejuvenation/Geriatrics) and Vajikaran (Sexology)

Some of the universally acclaimed books that are written on the principles of Ayurveda are highlighted below :

World Renowned Classical Books of Ayurveda

  • Charak Samhita - Charaka
  • Sushruta Samhita - Sushruta
  • Ashtanga Sangraha & Ashtanga Hridaya - Vagbhata
  • Sarangadhar Samhita - Sharngadhara
  • Bhav Prakash Nighantu - Bhavamisra
  • Madhava Nidan - Madhava Kara

The power of Ayurveda not only ensures fast recovery of the patient but also ascertain that the patient does not suffer from any sort of medical side effects. The treatment is really cheap even for the patients from underprivileged background.