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Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means the science of life. It is a natural cure to a disease and helps us to prevent from getting ill; also it has the potential to eliminate the root cause of the illness. Lord Dhanvantari is known as the God of Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda, every person is influenced by certain elements because of natural constitutions. These constitutions are divided into three elemental doshas (substances):
- Vatta dosha: Space and air elements dominate.
- Pitta dosha: Fire element dominates.
- Kapha dosha: Water and Earth elements dominate.
Ayurveda also says that if all the doshas are in balance, then the result is a healthy person, otherwise imbalance of them results in disease.
- Ayurveda extremely emphasis on one’s daily routine and eating habits.
- It guides about the appropriate lifestyle with respect to seasonal changes.
- A happy and peaceful mind helps us to make better decisions and enhance the quality of our life.
Ayurvedic Immunization Program
Some organizations also conduct Ayurvedic Immunization Program that benefits children for better growth and overall development. The program also focuses on increasing immunity and intellectual power as well as prevention from allergic conditions. It boosts memory growth, increases concentration level, improves hearing and speech capability and reduces psychosomatic problems in children by maintaining their health.
Eight canonical components/branches of Ayurvedic Medical Science
Ayurveda has its practice divided into eight canonical components/branches, which are:
- Vajikaranatantra (Aphrodisiac Remedy): Related to aphrodisiacs, Vajikaranatantra is known as the treatment for enhancing the volume and viability of the semen and sexual desire.
- Rasayanatantra (Rejuvenating Remedy): Related to rejuvenation, Rasayanatantra include tonics that are helpful in increasing lifespan, strength and intellectual power.
- Agadatantra (Poisons and Alcohol): Related to toxicology, Agadatantra is related to the treatment and diagnosis of bites of poisonous snakes and venomous worms.
- Bhutavidya (Spiritual Healing): Related to mental disease and spiritual healing, Bhutavidya pacifies possessing spirits and the person whose mind is affected by such possession.
- Salakyatantra (Cranial Organo Medicine): Related to Ophthalmology, ENT and cranial disease, Salakyatantra refers to the cure of diseases related to eyes, ears, nose, throat and mouth.
- Salyatantra (Surgery): Related to surgical techniques, Salyatantra deals with the treatment of inflammatory swellings and removing foreign objects via surgery.
- Kaumara-bhrtya (Children Disease Remedy): Related to pediatrics, Kaumara-bhrtya is the treatment of infections and diseases related to childhood.
- Kayacikitsa (Internal Medicine): Related to body problems, Kayacikitsa deals with every problem related to metabolism of the body and the general medicines.
These eight components/branches are collectively called as Ashtang Ayurveda.
Diagnosis of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic doctors practice eight ways to diagnose illness, which are:
- Nadi (pulse)
- Mootra (urine)
- Mala (stool)
- Jihva (tongue)
- Shabda (speech)
- Sparsha (touch)
- Druk (vision)
- Aakruti (appearance)
Ingredients used in Ayurveda
30 most prominent herbs used in Ayurveda are described below:
|Name||Botanical name||Uses||Ayurvedic Supplements|
Beauty enhancer, Blood purifier
Diacont, Neem guard, Madhumehari granules, Raktasodhak bati
Bahumutrantak rasa, Kasamrit herbal
Purest forms of Vitamin C; nourishes, thickens and darkens the hair; Good for eyes
Kabz care, Amlaki rasayan, Chayawanprash avleha
Excellent hair tonic
Effective for nervous disorders, Relieves anxiety & tension, Enhances memory power
Shankhapushpi syrup, Brahmi bati, Memorex, Stress guard
Excellent hair conditioner & tonic.
Aloe barbadensis miller
Hair vitalizer, Effective for liver & spleen disorder, Promotes & regulates menstrual period
Kumari asava, Rajahpravartani bati
Effective for acne and boils, Solves the problem of blocked nose & sore throat, Excellent deodorant
Soul-stirring fragrance, Skin freshener
Pitta tea, Chandanadi bati, Chandan ka tail, Chandanasava
Malkangani - Staff-tree
Excellent pain reliever
Brilliant deodorant, Essential for acne, boils, eczema and hair loss
Herbal dye, Promotes hair growth
Sri gopal taila, Saptagun taila(oil)
Essential hair tonic
Bhringrajasava, Mahabhringraj taila
Skin cleanser, Effective for pimples
Kashari kalp, Vita ex, Sri gopal tail
Effective for acne and boils
Lavan bhaskar churna, Narayan churna, Hingwastak churna
Diabet guard, Haridra khanda, Chandraprabha bati
Helps to get rid of baldness
Reduces fever, Generates urine, Treats digestive disorder, Relieves flatulence
Carminative, Antinauseant and Antiflatulence agent, Used for stomach-ache, diarrhea, and nausea
Kabz care, Gas guard, Gasantak bati
Relieve from asthamatic attacks, cure from malaria fever
Jaymangal rasa, Kankasava tribhubankriti rasa
Strengthens loosen teeth, prevents from diarrhoea
Dant manjan lal
Bambusa arundinacea wild
Cures cough and cold
Ipomoea digitata Linn
Diminished lactation, General weakness,
Chyawanprash, Ashwagandhadi churna, Dashmularishta
Elettaria cardamomum Maton
Used in upper respiratory infections and Bronchitis
Elachi bati, Chyawanprash
Ricinus communis Linn
Used in Jaundice and Rheumatism
Erand tel, Rhuma oil
Tribulus terrestris Linn
Used for Impotence and ageing
Gokshuradi guggulu, Dhatupaushtik churna, Chyawanprash
Used in skin infection and diminished lactation
Used for mouth infection and sore throat
Madhumehari, Khadirasist, Khadiradi bati
Cyperus rotundus Linn
Used for curing Indigestion, Diarrhoea, Conjunctivitis
Role of Ayurveda in today’s society
- Ayurveda has a noticeable contribution in developing healthy status across many communities
- Its use is increasing at a very high rate in developed countries.
- It is also helping people in prevention from chronic diseases.
- At least 80 per cent people in India and Nepal use Ayurveda as the sole medicine for their treatment.
- The Indian government has encouraged people to teach and research in Ayurveda at national level.
- In United States, Ayurvedic treatment is very much in use after 1970, when Baba Hari Dass taught them about this treatment.
- Ayurveda has proved to heal patients suffering from chronic diseases but only to some extent. There is still research going on if it can prove to be an effective treatment.
- Some medicines of Ayurveda are found to be containing harmful elements such as arsenic, lead and mercury. According to Ayurvedic experts, these elements are added only after their complete purification and thus, are not harmful to anyone.
Prachi Sharma (author) from London, UK on March 17, 2020:
Hi Eric, yes I still use HP, but not getting enough time to edit the old articles.
Is this article helpful for you?
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 17, 2020:
This is an older article. Are you still active here at HP?
Andrew Petrou from Brisbane on August 02, 2016:
Prachi Sharma (author) from London, UK on August 01, 2016:
I am glad. I could help Oztinato. I have got a book on Ayurveda, though in Hindi but if you wish to know more, I can tell you.
Andrew Petrou from Brisbane on August 01, 2016:
Thank you so much! I'm always trying to find out about this subject and you have set it all out beautifully.