What is Ayurveda? Know its history, objectives and benefits

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Ayurveda is a process that uses the basic principles of nature to retain the health of a person by keeping the mind, body, and spirit of any person in alignment with nature.

 Ayurveda, in fact, is a Sanskrit word, which consists of the terms “ayus” and “veda.” “Ayus” stands for life and “Veda” is all about science. In this way “Ayurveda” stands for ‘the science / knowledge of life’. It gives you the right idea how to lead your life naturally – the art of life.

 History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is mostly considered as one of the oldest ways of healthcare across the world. It is a medical system that took birth in India centuries back.  The basics of Ayurveda are available in Hindu scriptures i.e. the Vedas — the Indian literature of wisdom. The Rig Veda contains an array of prescriptions how to as to how to treat various ailments.

Goals of Ayurveda

The objective of this process is to avoid ailments, recuperate the sick and promote life. This can be summarized as under:

  • To promote health and longer life (“Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam“)
  • To avoid diseases and malfunctions of the body (“Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha“)

Charters of Ayurveda

The basic principle of Ayurveda is that the universe consists of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. All these components are present in humans through three energies: Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. When any of the energies present in the body accumulates more than its adequate limit, the balance of the body gets disturbed. Each one of us has a unique set of balance, and the right balance of these three energies decides the well-being of our body. It is suggested in Ayurveda to follow a specific natural lifestyle and nutritional chart to keep all the energies in the right proportion. In this method a person who keeps his doshas in balance is considered to be a healthy person.

What is ‘Panchakarma’ or the process of Purification?

When the body is filled with toxins, then a body cleansing way is performed to get rid of all the toxic elements from the body and this process known is called panchakarma. This five-step purification process is the best way of treatment in Ayurveda. These fivefold procedure includes:

  • Therapeutic vomiting (Vaman)
  • Cleansing (Virechan)
  • Enema (Basti)
  • Drainage of toxins through the nose (Nasya)
  • Detoxification of the blood (Rakta moksha)

Health Benefit of Ayurveda

Ayurvedic process of treatment is instrumental in reducing stress, weight, maintain hormones, minimizing inflammation, cleansing body, improving body balance, curing insomnia, regulating bloating, and also in giving you a glowing and healthy skin.

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