Monday, January 4, 2021

Ayurvedic Medicine: A Gift From The Gods

Ayurvedic Medicine: A Gift From The Gods

Ayurvedic medicine is traditional Indian medicine where mixtures of herbs and minerals are used to cure ailments. The word Ayurveda comes from Ayus which means life and Vedas which means knowledge.

Ayurvedic medicine has been used in India for over 2,000 years, and is said to have been communicated by Gods directly to Indian saints.

 Initially, the knowledge was passed on as an oral tradition; later it was transcribed on palm leaves.

In the ancient past scholars from different parts of the world visited India to learn about Ayurvedic medicine. Today, it is taught in medical colleges across India, and hundreds of hospitals dispense Ayurveda as an alternative and complementary medicine.

Most of the Ayurvedic texts are drawn from the writings of two ancient Indian sages Charaka and Sushrutha. These texts, which were written over 2,000 years ago, cover subjects like pathology, diagnosis, treatment and surgery. They also include extensive sections on ethics and Indian philosophy as part of remedies.

According to Ayurveda, the human body arises from a combination of five basic elements: air, water, sky, fire and earth. These elements combine to form three doshas, which govern the human constitution. Doshas also exist in all of the five elements. The other factors that govern health are mental strengths and digestive fire.

An Ayurvedic doctor makes an extensive examination before making a diagnosis. Among the different aspects that are taken into consideration before prescribing this therapy are: condition of pulse, tongue, voice, skin, vision, general appearance, urine and stools. The focus is to get down to the root cause of the imbalance or disease. Treatment is removing it. Most modern Westerners tend to want to treat the symptom and ignore what may be causing it once they feel better. Today that is changing which is bringing a new awareness, which is also focusing on prevention. Living in balance can prevent many diseases. Some physicians may also consult astrological charts to determine the role of karma or spirits.

The purpose of this alternative medicine is mainly to restore balance between the three doshas. When these doshas are in balance one is considered healthy. The cause of disease and illness is a result of dosha imbalance. Anything can cause an imbalance from environment, food to living habits. For this, herbal medicine may be prescribed or else powders made from mineral or a combination of two may be given. Also included is advice about massage, which is largely oil-based. Besides this, the Ayurvedic physician, depending upon the disease, will give an extensive instruction on diet and lifestyle ethics.

Millions of Indians living in rural areas use this herbal medicine. It’s especially useful for several chronic diseases, for which allopathic medicine does not have a cure. There is a growing interest in Ayurveda in the west too, as several allopathic doctors have started looking at herbal applications.

The only limitation that Ayurvedic medicine has is that it cannot be used in life-threatening situations. For this, hospitals need to build allopathic wings that can take care of medical emergencies that may need extensive surgeries.

This is certainly an important alternative medicine. It is growing in popularity not only in its country of origin but across the world. A most heartening development has been the sale of Ayurvedic formulations. Several medical companies, both Indian and Western, are now producing and marketing these herbal remedies. This has increased the reach of this approach.

It has also enriched allopath medicine is some ways because researchers have tried to blend the strengths of each style of treatment. This can only be a positive development for all of us!


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