What is Ayurveda? Origin, Treatments, & More

In simple words, Ayurveda is a medical practice in which healing or curing of diseases of people is done through medicinal herbs available on earth.

Ayurveda is made up of two words:

Ayurveda: Ayush(Hindi word which means life) + Veda(Hindi word which means knowledge)

This is just a general definition of Ayurveda but it is actually more complex and vast than you might think.

1. Origin of Ayurveda

It is known that ayurveda was developed 5000 years ago in India and the ancient books of Ayurveda are also written in Sanskrit language which also proves that it originated in India.

2. Expanding The Word “Ayurveda”

As we discussed in the starting that Ayurveda is made up two words i.e Ayush and Veda and it shows human to how to live life with discipline.

Ayurveda discusses about many rules like:

  • What is life?
  • How to live life?
  • What is good and bad in life?

If you will follow the rules of Ayurveda then you will always be healthy but if you try to break the rules or do not follow the rules then you will fall in the grip of diseases.👍

3. Different Stages of Life According To Ayurveda🌿

  1. Childhood, Teenage, & Old Age.
  2. Changes take place in our body from morning till evening.
  3. Changes occur in our body in different seasons.
  4. Changes take place in our entire body with diet, disease, anger, jealousy, fear, different thoughts, etc

These all things are briefly explained in Ayurveda, so when you go to any ayurvedic expert/doctor, then he/she will first ask you:

  • About your disease.
  • When you get fresh or are you facing any problem while getting fresh(pooping)?
  • What do you eat?
  • Are you taking your food on time?
  • When do you sleep or wake up?

After asking these all basic questions, he/she will give you appropriate medicine according to your disease and body nature.

4. Definition of Health According to Ayurveda

What is health according to you?

Most likely, your answer will be that health is about taking care of the body and living a disease-free life.

But according to Ayurveda, “Health is the health of body, mind, and soul”.

Ayurveda mainly focuses on food, style living, yoga, and sleep. If you are eating the right food, leaving a simple and pious life, doing yoga every morning, and getting enough sleep, then you will be a healthy man or woman for the rest of your life.

But instead of this, you are taking irregularities in these things like eating bad food, sleeping less, and not doing yoga, then you can fall prey to diseases at any stage of life.

5. History of Ayurveda in India🇮🇳

No one can deny that Ayurveda originated in India and as per me, Ayurveda is a gift from India to the whole world without any discrimination.

As Ayurveda is followed from thousands of years ago, so it is the oldest and most accurate medical practice in India from ancient times to the present day.

Hindu saints and priests who used to live alone in huts in the Himalayan forest have aimed to help and cure people(without having any vested interest) and to do so they’ve worked hard to identify the use of different types of herbs available around them and Ayurveda is the result of their hard work.

If you are still doubting whether India is the origin of Ayurveda or not, then for your knowledge let me tell you that ancient Ayurvedic books are written in the Indian Sanskrit language and most of the Ayurvedic medicines have names from Hindi and Sanskrit.

6. Main Moto of Ayurveda

“Prevention is Better Than Cure”

We all have heard this saying many times and we all try to protect our bodies from diseases in many ways.

For example, Covid is the biggest and very dangerous disease of today’s time, and to protect our body from covid we are wearing masks, getting vaccinated, etc.

But you will be surprised to know that thousands of years ago Indian priests had found many ways to prevent our bodies from many diseases.

For example, every medicinal system has medicines for common diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease but apart from Ayurveda, no one has medicine that can save/prevent a human from having these life-threatening diseases.😎

Yes, there are many such herbs available in Ayurveda that can protect your body from these diseases and without having any side effects.😎

So you can easily understand that the main purpose of Ayurveda is “To protect the health of a healthy person and to cure diseases of a sick person from the roots permanently”.🙏

7. Body Types in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, there are three body types:

  1. Vata: Vata is made up of air and ether.
  2. Pitta: Pitta is made up of fire and water.
  3. Kapha: Kapha is made up of water and earth.

These three are also known as Doshas, everyone has these three doshas in his or her body and the imbalance of these three causes diseases in every human being according to Ayurveda.

8. Ancient Ayurvedic Sanhitas📕

The main Ayurvedic books in which there is detailed information about herbs are known as ‘Sanhita‘. These books are named after their author or great saints who wrote these great books.

There are three kinds of Sanhita:

  1. Charak Sanhita: Written by saint ‘Charak’.
  2. Susrut Sanhita: Written by saint ‘Susrut’.
  3. Waghbhat Sanhita: Written by saint ‘Waghbhat’.

These all books are written in Sanskrit language and every ayurvedic doctors study these 3 books during training.

These books cover:

  1. Ways To Live A Healthy Life.
  2. Diseases: Symptoms, Reasons, Treatments.
  3. What To Eat And Not.
  4. Diet (Advantages And Disadvantages Of Various Foods).
  5. And The Great Knowledge About Various Herbs.

List of Ayurvedic Treatments

Like other medical practices, as per me, in Ayurveda, there is no exact number of treatment methods because some methods are known to us but still, there are some methods that are unknown to us!!

Here is the list of ayurvedic treatments:

1. Abstinence: This is the most unique and simple Ayurvedic treatment which shows how pious Ayurveda is. In this method, some diseases are cured only by making changes in your diet, and medicines are not given in this method.

For example, if you are suffering from acidity then doing some tweaks in your diet and eating style can cure your acidity in no time.

2. Home Remedies: Usually, we all search on Google about home remedies for various diseases, but do you know that home remedies are also a part of Ayurveda?

Yes, you read that right home remedies are also a common method used by ayurvedic experts and doctors, there are many diseases that can be cured using home remedies and spices among other things available in your kitchen. This is the beauty of Ayurveda.

3. Churna: In English “Churna” means fine powder. Churna is a fine powder of a single herb or a mixture of multiple herbs prepared according to Ayurvedic methods.

Amla Churna, Triphla Churna, etc. are the examples of most commonly used churna in India.

4. Vati: These are small tabs which are known as Vati, vati’s are prepared from a single herb or by mixing multiple herbs according to the rules written in Ayurveda.

Chandraprabha vati, Shilajit Rasayan Vati, etc. are the main examples of vati aka tablets.

5. Herbal Juice: These juices are prepared from fruits, herbs, and many other things as prescribed in Ayurveda.

For example, aloe vera juice is prepared from aloe vera and Amla juice is prepared from Amla, etc.

Herbal juices are used to cure many diseases like arthritis, stomach pain, constipation, bloating, etc.

6. Ayurvedic Oils: Ayurvedic oils can be of a single herb or of multiple herbs depending upon the disease for which oil is prepared.

These Ayurvedic oils are used to treat arthritis, joint pains, skin problems, hair related problems, etc.

Mustard oil, Olive oil, Mahanarayan oil, etc. are the main examples of herbal oils.

7. Asava/Arist: These are herbal liquid prepared using jaggery and various types of herbs varies from disease to disease.

These are used in curing various diseases like skin problems related problems, joint pain related problems, heart diseases, etc.

Abhyarist, kumariyasava, khadirarista, etc. are the main examples of asava/arist.

FAQ’s

1. What is Ayurveda used for?

Ayurveda is used to treat and cure a variety of ailments, imbalanced digestive system, bad thoughts, skin-related problems, excretory problems, reproductive organ-related problems, and many more.

2. How Ayurveda is Pronounced?

It’s very simple to pronounce ayurveda while speaking this word you just need to remove the last ‘a'(I have bold that ‘a’), so you need to say ‘Ayurved’ no ‘Ayurveda’.

3. What religion is linked to Ayurveda?

The saints and priests who discovered Ayurveda were Hindu saints so Ayurveda is directly related to Hinduism.

4. Ayurvedic medicine meaning?

Ayurvedic medicine are the medicines that are prepared from herbs as prescribed in Ayurveda. You can say them “Medicine From Nature“.

5. Is there steroids in Ayurvedic?

No, Ayurvedic medicines do not contain any (0% availability) steroids, they are made of natural plants/herbs and they are 100% safe.

And every ayurvedic medicine has ingredients listed on its packaging so you can read that ingredients list as well but in all cases, you will find the names of herbs.

6. Can Ayurveda Cure Permanently?

Yes, Ayurveda can cure many ailments like diabetes, heart diseases, joint pain, skin problems, hair fall, pimples, and many more.

7. How Many People Use Ayurveda in World?

Billions of people use Ayurvedic medicines on a daily basis and almost every person in India who is suffering from diseases uses these herbal medicines.

So that’s it for today’s post friends hope you like it, this is my first post so give it more love by sharing it with your friends.T

Take Care And Good Bye….🙏👍

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