What Is Ayurveda?

Alternative medicine that originated in the Indian Sub-Continent.

ayurvedaAyurveda is a system of alternative medicine that originated in the Indian Sub-Continent that belonged to the Hindu traditional medicine. Ayurvedic medicine makes use of natural substances such as herbs to treat or cure a wide range of diseases. Ayurveda is also prevalent in Sri Lanka and is practiced widely. While in a previous post we have covered the topic of Yoga with Ayurveda, today we will talk about Ayurvedic medicine and the history of this traditional medicine.

It is believed that the origin of Ayurveda dates back to 5000 BC. Historians are unsure as to who invented Ayurveda and from what it was derived from. Some believe that it was derived from Atharva-Veda. The oldest and fundamental written texts of Ayurveda include Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samrita. It was believed that Ayurveda was practiced as an oral tradition before it was taken to text. Looking at the history of Ayurveda it seemed to have existed for a long time and have particularly flourished during the medieval ages.

ayurveda5Ayurveda practices of diagnosis are carried out using eight ways. Some of these Ayurveda practices of diagnosis include Nadi, which refers to pulse, Sparsha, which refers to touch, Aakruit, which refers to appearance and Mootra, which refers to urine. In Ayurvedic medicine the diagnosis is carried out using all of the five senses.
The Ayurveda practices of Panchakarma is one of the Ayurveda practices of treatment that is a therapeutic way of eliminating toxins from the body using five methods. Before they do this they also perform Ayurveda practices of treatment such as Poorva Karma. After the Ayurveda practices of Panchakarma and follow the treatment with Paschat karma and Peyadi karma.

ayurveda7Besides Panchakarma there are many other Ayurveda practices of treatment. These most often involve Ayurveda practices of natural medical substances used. Use of herbal substances is the main concept in Ayurveda. They also make use of certain animal substances and also sulfur, arsenic and other minerals. The Ayurveda practices of treatment do involve surgery but mostly it is about building a good general health.

This blog should have given enough information about Ayurveda and Ayurvedic medicine. It should also have provided a brief look into the history of Ayurveda. Also looked at are the Ayurveda practices of diagnosis and Ayurveda practices of treatment. It may be helpful to remember common terms in Ayurveda such as the Panchakarma, marnman marma, Dinnacharya, etc. Ayurveda poses as a good alternative choice to modern medicine that is more affordable and offers less adverse effects, so you might want to get Ayurvedic treatment to treat any illness you may have.

Written by Prashanth

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