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Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda." "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term "ayurveda" thus means 'the knowledge of life' or 'the science of life'. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, "ayu" comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul
Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air,
fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three "doshas",
or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body
beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct
balance, and our health and well-
A healthy person, as defined in Sushrut Samhita, one of the primary works on Ayurveda, is "he whose doshas are in balance, appetite is good, all tissues of the body and all natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body and spirit are cheerful..."
The three doshas, or bio-
Pitta pertains to fire and water elements. This dosha governs metabolism, e.g., the transformation of foods into nutrients. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems.
If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleansing process known as panchakarma is recommended to purge these unwanted toxins. This fivefold purification therapy is a classical form of treatment in ayurveda. These specialized procedures consist of the following:
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When the digestive fire (agni) is in a balanced condition, the three doshas -
In diseased condition, the doshas manifest their particular symptoms. These symptoms
denote malfunctioning of the doshas. The purpose of treatment of all diseases is
to keep the doshas in equilibrium. In Ayurveda there is three steps in treating any
diseases, they are samsodhana -
Panchakarma actually is a group of treatments, five in number, all of which are not commonly practised in all diseases. The panchakarmaare vamana, virechana, snehavasti, kashayavasti and nasya. Vamana is emesis, virechana is purging, vasti is enema, which of two kinds done with medicated oils and medicated decoctions and is called snehavasti and kashayavasti respectively. Nasya is instillation of medicines through nose.
This therapy is mainly used in cases of chronic disorders due to Kapha dosha. It involves induced and controlled vomiting with the help of medicines. It is used to treat chronic asthma, chronic hyperacidity etc. Vamana should not be given to the very young or the very old or during pregnancy and should always be administered under a physician's supervision
This therapy is mainly used in cases of chronic disorders due to Pitta dosha. It involves induced and controlled purgation with the help of medicines. It is used to treat jaundice, chronic helminthes cases etc. Virechan should not be given to the very young or the very old or during pregnancy and should always be administered under a physician's supervision.
Involves administering medicines as enema. The medicines used can be decoctions,
pure / formulated oils, milk etc. It is used to cure arthritis, backache etc. Nasya
Nasya is administered through the nose. Medicated powders, decoctions or oil drops are introduced into the nasal passages. They remove residual doshas and toxins from the head and neck area. Nasya is used in cases of migraine, chronic rhinitis, epilepsy etc.
Is done either with the help of venesection, or using leeches. It is mainly used
to cure gout, skin and blood disorders (pigmentation), elephantiasis, alopecia. Rakta-
Before the actual operation of purification begins, there is a need to prepare the
body in prescribed methods to encourage the body to let go of the toxins. The two
procedures are 'snehan' and 'swedan'. Snehan is the oil massage. Oil is applied to
the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move
towards the gastro-
lukewarm medicated oil is applied on the body of the patient lying on the "Dharapathi".
Oil dipped pieces of cloth are squeezed by hand and the oils rubbed smoothly over
the body of the patient by masseurs on either side. The medicated oil is pressed
out of the cloth uniformly over the body at a defined height and massaged by skillful
hands. Fresh medicated oil is used every day and the treatment may last fourteen
This treatment is indicated in stiffness and pain of joints and limbs, dislocation of joints, paralytic conditions and in pregnant ladies with a history of uterine inertia in earlier deliveries. Many persons also undergo this treatment for rejuvenation and preservation of health to offset early aging. Sclerotic changes can be prevented by this treatment
This whole body deep muscle massage with oil is a very relaxing technique. It gives all the benefits of Abhyanga and tones the muscles. Uzhichil regulates the flow of energy within the body and improves circulation.
Navarakkizhi involves massaging of the body with small linen bags filled with Navara (Shastika), after a liberal application of medicated oils. Depending on the kind of disease, this massage is preceded or followed by Pizhichil.
This particular treatment is very well known in Kerala, India, where the ancient
martial art Kalari orig-
Navara Kizchi is also of great benefit to those with atrophy of the muscles, arthritis,
weakness of the extremities, tremors and fibromyalgia. Healthy individuals will benefit
from this treatment’s anti-
According to Ayurveda, Sirodhara is the best treatment for diseases of the nervous system and for emotional problems such as chronic depression and anxiety (panic) attacks. It is also recommended for chronic headaches, as well as ear, nose and throat problems, and is especially useful for pain management.
The term "Sirodhara" literally translated means head (Sira) and continuous flow (Dhara).
During this treatment there is a constant flow of either specific oils or herbal
preparations on the forehead. Medicated oil, medicated butter milk , cows milk or
human breast milk are allowed to freely flow over the upper part of the fore head
continuously for specific periods This process stimulates the part of the brain known
as the pineal gland. Among its other functions, the pineal gland produces serotonin
and melatonin. These hormones play an important role in each person's emotional balance,
and melatonin is also known to have an anti-
Special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes per day for 14 days. This treatment is very useful for Obesity, especially for Diabetic gangerene (a condition due to lack of blood circulation in the extremities of the body) etc.
In this process specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back with herbal paste boundary. This treatment lasts for 45 minutes to 1 hour and it is good for any type of back pain and spinal disorders.
Warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes. This is an effective treatmentfor asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular chest pain.
This is fomentation with medicated cow milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis, Bell’s palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the face.