The term ‘Ayurveda’ emerged from Sanskrit and it is literally made up of two terms, ‘Ayuh’ denoting life and ‘Veda’ representing knowledge. It comprises of all the aspects of life and 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 convalesce 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) as well as agni (metabolic process) and excretions from the body are in proper order. It is a phase at which athma (soul), Indriya (senses), mann (intellect) are in harmony and stay composed with internal peace.
Some of the universally acclaimed books that are written on the principles of Ayurveda are highlighted below :
- Charak Samhita – Charaka
- Sushruta Samhita – Sushruta
- Ashtanga Sangraha & Ashtanga Hridaya – Vagbhata
- Sarangadhar Samhita – Sharngadhara
- Bhav Prakash Nighantu – Bhavamisra
- Madhava Nidan – Madhava Kara
There are both preventive and curative medicines available and there are certain phases in which this branch of medicine specializes. It includes Kaya-Chikitsa (Internal Medicine), which primarily focuses on the imbalance, digestion and metabolic function, Shalya Chikitsa (surgery), Salakya Chikitsa (ear, eye, nose & throat), Prasuti and Stri-Rog (Obstetrics/Gynecology), Bala Chikitsa/ Kaumarbhritya (Pediatrics), Graha-Chikitsa (Psychology & Psychiatry), Agadha-tantra (Toxicology), Rasayana (Rejuvenation/Geriatrics) and Vajikaran (Virilification/Sexology)
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.