or the 'science longevity' is the system of nature cure. It is
promote positive health, natural beauty and long life. Although
rooted in antiquity, Ayurveda is based on universal
principles and is a living, growing body of knowledge - as useful
today as it was in earlier centuries.
the traditional form of Indian medicine
was developed by ancient sages whose astute observations led to
the development of constitutional medicine. Traditional Chinese
Medicine too has similar origins. Over the past 5000 years the
Ayurvedic and chinese traditions have developed sophisticated
systems of medicines. The ancients visualized the universe as
a constant play of energies, an imbalance of which created discomfort
and disease in the body. It was the duty of the vaidyar/ (physician)
to harmonize this imbalance of the body - mind environment.
[ayur + veda]
is considered to be a sub-veda or the branch of knowledge that
is concerned with the physical health and happiness on earth which
therefore assumes great significance to human life. Vedic culture
was based on the Vedas [ four books of knowledge] the origin of
which dates back to 40000 years. This is an indication to the
age old roots of Ayurveda. Ancient physicians
segmented the universe into different types of manifested energy
and attributed the very same energy to food and herbs
Ayurveda In India
In India Kerala has been a prime centre
for the development of Ayurveda for long. The
verdant forests and hills abundant in herbs and other flora are
extremely valuable for the preparation of Ayurvedic
concoctions. Keralites or Malayalis adhere to a ayurvedic
lifestyle in their cuisine, religious rituals, oil baths, periodic
purification etc. Even the martial art forms and dances have drawn
from Ayurvedic therapy of health, exercise and
healing. This tradition has been kept alive in this exotic land
of Kerala at the south western tip of india by Vaidyars (physicians).
These physicians classify a patients' state of health according
to the imbalances of the three doshas namely Vata, Pitha and Kapha.
Kapha is the entire physical volume in a living organisms, pitha,
the entire biochemical process operating in a body and Vata is
that which constitutes bodily movement and activity. A disturbance
in any of these three doshas leads to a particular disease and
the treatment is administered to restore the equilibrium.
treatment is prescribed by a physician based
on the patients' state of health gauging by the status of the
doshas - can be in stages, sometimes of longer duration. Depending
upon the nature and itensity of the disease the treatment involves
either medicines or oil baths and massages or
a combination of both. Another theory of Ayurveda
is that certain passages or minutest channels of the human body
has to be cleansed regularly through processes like emesis [ vamana
] , purgation [ virechana ], oil- predominent enema [ snehavasti
] , decoction- predominant enema [ niruhavasti ] and nasal medication
[ nasya]. Panchakarma is the Ayurvedic
terminology for this five fold purificatory process which involves
repested application of oil and heat therapy in tandem with certain
internal medication. Panchakarma rejuvenates
the body and mind to its potential.
A cloth is dipped in lukewarm medicated oil,
and then squeezed over the body for 45 - 60 minutes. This is followed
by a gentle body massage. The oils are prescribed
depending on the specific ailment
is a process traditionally followed once a year, aimed at keeping
the body fit and healthy and preventing premature ageing. It is
also recommended for papaplegia, hemiplegia and general weakness.
Small cotton bags are filled with a particular kind of cooked
rice which is dipped in warm milk with medicated
decoction and rubbed on to the body.
is very effective in cases of wasting of muscles, weakness and
rheumatism. The duration varies from 7 to 14 days.
Little cloth bundles made of specially selected herbs are dipped
in warm oil and rubbed over the whole body. Recommended for certain
types of muscular and nervous ailments. The duration varies from
3 to 7 days.
UZHICHIL (General Body Massage)
Useful for general fitness and well being of the entire body.
It helps in toning up muscle tissues, alleviates stiffness of
joints, promotes better blood circulation and stimulates the nervous
MEDICATED STEM BATH
The patient is exposed to a steam bath with medicinal
herbs steamed in boiling water.
suited for obesity, and to rid the body of harmful toxic substances.
It has also been found to help certain kinds of skin problems
The masseur uses his feet to massage the body. This is excellent
for general fitness also. This massage is for
conditions of obesity or inflamation of muscles resulting from
a fall etc., where extra pressure has to be applied.
The body is massaged with various
medicated powders. A procedure primarily to melt away subcutaneous
fat and obesity - related problems. It also helps blood circulation.
This process of treatment is done via the nasal canal. Medicated
oils of certain herbs are dipped into the nose to expell
all the doshas which cause head-related problems. Sometimes, mere
inhalation can work wonders.Ideal
for sinusitis, problems concerned with dental care, ear, nose
and eye ailments, facial paralysis and migraine.
The patient lies on the back and medicated oil is poured continuously
on the forehead from an eastern vessel.Extremely
beneficial in cases of disorders such as migraines, headaches
The procedure is the same as that of Shirodhara. In this
treatment medicated buttermilk is poured on the forehead
continuously. It cools the system and is good for eye-ear-nose
Small muslin cloth bags containing special fresh herbs are kept
warm by constantly dipping in hot medicated oil slimmered in a
pan. These are then rubbed onto the body for 60 minutes.
Small bags containing various herbal powders are heated to a constant
temperature in a dry pan. These bags are then rubbed longer on
the affected parts of the body than the rest
of the body, though the whole body is massaged
Ayurveda, Yoga and Tantra
are all parts of the ancient life-disciplines that have been practiced
in India for centuries. They find mention in the scriptures of
the Vedas and Upnishads. Yoga is the the science
of the Union with the divine, with Truth; Tantra is the most direct
method of controlling the energy that creates the ultimate union
with truth; and Ayurveda is the science of life.
The purpose of each practice is to help the individual achieve
longevity, rejuvenation and self-realisation.
The object of the practice of Yoga and Tantra
is liberation, although only certain disciplined individuals are
able to achieve the ultimate goals through these practices. If
Ayurveda is the science of the body, Yoga
is the science of the body, Yoga is the science of spirit. They
are sister sciences. The practice of Yoga is an important , natural,
preventive measure to ensure good health. The practice of an ayurvedic
regimen is a precursor to Yoga because it is only when
the body is fit that the individual is ready to study the spiritual
science of Yoga. for more info on
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