What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient and authentic system of medicine, which cannot be compared with any medical science. The main aim of Ayurveda has been to make a person disease free and maintain health. Dhanvantari ji is called the father of Ayurveda and according to the scriptures, Dhanvantari ji is worshiped as the god of health and wealth.
Ayurveda understands the fact that each person is different and as a result, each person has a different path towards overall health. Ayurveda considers the individual body, mind and soul as a complete entity and works on the premise that mind and body influence each other. Together body and mind can cure disease.
Ayurveda has a history of over 5000 years, it is the oldest system of traditional medicine in India and the oldest system of health care in the world. It is a system that includes both preventive and curative methods.
Current knowledge about Ayurveda is mainly based on three great texts, which include the Charaka Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita and the Ashtanga Hridaya. These books describe the basic principles and rules from which modern Ayurveda has developed.
Ayurveda believes that people are born with a specific state, called Prakriti. The nature established at conception is seen as a unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics that influence the way each individual acts.
Throughout life, the underlying nature of the individual remains the same. However, the temperament of a person is influenced by day and night, seasonal changes, diet, lifestyle and various internal, external and environmental factors. Ayurveda places great emphasis on the prevention of diseases. For this, it is advised to maintain health through proper diet on daily and seasonal basis, which maintains balance in the nature of the person.
Ayurveda states that there are three gunas that determine the characteristics of a person’s temperament. These three qualities are called doshas. These doshas are known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. All three qualities have a special effect on the physical functions of a person.
Scholars of Ayurvedic medicine believe that each person has a measured balance of the three doshas. Personal faults are constantly changing. These are influenced by a person’s diet, exercise, and other factors.
Scholars also believe that the imbalance of a dosha produces symptoms related to that dosha, these symptoms are different from the symptoms arising from the imbalance of any other dosha. Several factors such as poor diet, too little or too much physical or mental stress, chemicals or germs can cause imbalances in the doshas.
Like the balance in the doshas, a balanced position in the seven dhatus or sapta dhatu is an important parameter to determine the health of a person. These dhatus are the tissue systems of the body and each of the seven dhatus are related to each other. These include rasa dhatu (composed of plasma and lymph fluid, mammary glands and their fluid and menstrual flow), rata dhatu (composed of red blood cells, blood vessels and muscle tendons), maas dhatu (composed of muscles and skin). Are included. Meda Dhatu (composed of fat, connective tissue and fatty tissue under the skin), Asthi Dhatu (composed of bones and teeth), Majha Dhatu (composed of nerve tissues and bone marrow), Shukra Dhatu (composed of reproductive material).
Each dhatu gets its nutrition from nutrients, which are then transferred to the next dhatu. Each dhatu flushes out specific waste products from the body such as bad breath, tears, mucus and digestive pitta. The metals determine their function in dhatwagni metabolic energy).
All metals are governed by one of the three doshas. For example, Kapha dosha governs rasa, meat, fat and Shukra dhatu. Pitta dosha controls marrow and blood dhatu and Vata dosha controls asthi dhatu.
Ojas is the ultimate essence of all metals and is the basis of our immune response. It is pervasive in every part of the body. Decreased Ojas causes symptoms like anxiety, fear, loss of pleasure, poor complexion, pain in sensory organs, weakness, immune system disorders.