Ayurveda is an ancient science of medicine and oldest form of treatment i.e. traced to around 5000 years back. This term has been derived from Sanskrit – ‘ayus’ and ‘ved’ which means ‘life’ and ‘knowledge’. This practice is followed in various countries India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, China etc. This was mainly developed during the Vedic period. The popular texts which describe it includes the Charaka Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita, the Bhela Samhita, Agnivesha Samhita, Kasyapa Samhita and Harita Samhita.
There are different method to examine a patient Naadi (Pulse), Mutra (Urine), Mala (stool), Shabda (voice), Jivha(tongue), Sparsha (skin), Drik (Eyes) and Aakriti (body build).
It helps in treatment of various diseases that may not be found in other form of treatment or medicine. The human body is made up of 5 elements air, space, water, fire and earth. All these elements should work properly so that a human can remain healthy. A Living being can be categorized in three types ‘Vata’, ‘Kapha’ and ‘Pitta’. These three Doshas controls physical and mental state of all human being. The good balance of three Doshas will enable to live healthy life and imbalance will cause diseases.
It is very important to understand that type your Doshas to treat well.
Vata (Reflect qualities of Space and Air) – They are quick thinker, light, thin bones, dry skin and hair. In-case this is out of balance, they become constipated and have weakness in their immune and nervous systems.
Kapha (Reflect qualities of Water and Earth) – They are cool, gains weight easily, stable, handle stress very well, short and stocky or tall and sturdy, hair, neck are all ‘thick’, abundant strength and stamina, weak digestion.
Pitta (Reflect qualities of Fire and Water) – They tend to feel warm, have somewhat oily skin, penetrating eyes and sharp features. They are medium build, gains and puts on weight easily, average height, pointed features, energy levels high, strong appetite, regular bowel movements, like cool weather, may become irritable in hot weather.
This is a different system from others since Ayurvedic Practitioner will first identify the cause of ailment and then treats the roots of problems instead of just the symptoms.
Ayurvedic medicine is prepared from herbs, minerals, metal, purified opium, etc. Herbs may be derived from roots, leaves, fruits, bark, or seeds. It also use Animal products e.g. milk, bones, and gallstones. It can be taken in the form of tablets, capsules, powder, applied in oil form, etc.