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Ayurveda: A Natural Cure

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Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda

Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda

About Ayurveda

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 three doshas (substances)

Ayurveda three doshas (substances)

Ayurvedic Lifestyle

  • 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.

Ayurveda eight components/branches

Ayurveda eight components/branches

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.

Different herbs used in Ayurveda

Different herbs used in 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:

30 Herbs used in Ayurveda as ingredients

NameBotanical nameUsesAyurvedic Supplements

Neem

Azadirachta indica

Beauty enhancer, Blood purifier

Diacont, Neem guard, Madhumehari granules, Raktasodhak bati

Basil

Ocimum sanctum

Antiseptic

Bahumutrantak rasa, Kasamrit herbal

Gooseberry

Emblica officinalis

Purest forms of Vitamin C; nourishes, thickens and darkens the hair; Good for eyes

Kabz care, Amlaki rasayan, Chayawanprash avleha

Shikakai

Acacia concinna

Hair-vitaliser

Shikakai Powder

Soap nut

Sapindus trifoliatus

Excellent hair tonic

Reetha Powder

Indian pennywort

Bacopa monnieri

Effective for nervous disorders, Relieves anxiety & tension, Enhances memory power

Shankhapushpi syrup, Brahmi bati, Memorex, Stress guard

Henna

Lawsonia albla

Excellent hair conditioner & tonic.

Henna Powder

Aloe vera

Aloe barbadensis miller

Hair vitalizer, Effective for liver & spleen disorder, Promotes & regulates menstrual period

Kumari asava, Rajahpravartani bati

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus citriodara

Effective for acne and boils, Solves the problem of blocked nose & sore throat, Excellent deodorant

Nilgiri tail

Sandalwood

Santalum album

Soul-stirring fragrance, Skin freshener

Pitta tea, Chandanadi bati, Chandan ka tail, Chandanasava

Malkangani - Staff-tree

Celastrus paniculatus

Excellent pain reliever

Smritisagar ras

Five-leafed chaste

Vitex negundo

Brilliant deodorant, Essential for acne, boils, eczema and hair loss

Leprin

Sesame

Sesamun indicum

Herbal dye, Promotes hair growth

Sri gopal taila, Saptagun taila(oil)

Bhringaraj

Eclipta alba

Essential hair tonic

Bhringrajasava, Mahabhringraj taila

Saffron

Crocus sativus

Skin cleanser, Effective for pimples

Kashari kalp, Vita ex, Sri gopal tail

Purple Fleban

Nigella sativa

Effective for acne and boils

Lavan bhaskar churna, Narayan churna, Hingwastak churna

Turmeric

Curcuma longa

Anticeptic

Diabet guard, Haridra khanda, Chandraprabha bati

Psoralea Seed

Psoralea corylifolia

Helps to get rid of baldness

Somraji tail

Coriander

Coriandrum sativum

Reduces fever, Generates urine, Treats digestive disorder, Relieves flatulence

Coriander Powder

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Carminative, Antinauseant and Antiflatulence agent, Used for stomach-ache, diarrhea, and nausea

Kabz care, Gas guard, Gasantak bati

Dhatura

Dhatura Stramonium

Relieve from asthamatic attacks, cure from malaria fever

Jaymangal rasa, Kankasava tribhubankriti rasa

Babul

Acacia arabica

Strengthens loosen teeth, prevents from diarrhoea

Dant manjan lal

Banslochan

Bambusa arundinacea wild

Cures cough and cold

Chyawanprash

Vidari

Ipomoea digitata Linn

Diminished lactation, General weakness,

Chyawanprash, Ashwagandhadi churna, Dashmularishta

Elaichi

Elettaria cardamomum Maton

Used in upper respiratory infections and Bronchitis

Elachi bati, Chyawanprash

Erand

Ricinus communis Linn

Used in Jaundice and Rheumatism

Erand tel, Rhuma oil

Gokshura

Tribulus terrestris Linn

Used for Impotence and ageing

Gokshuradi guggulu, Dhatupaushtik churna, Chyawanprash

Jivanti

Leptadenia reticulata

Used in skin infection and diminished lactation

Dashmularishta

Khadira

Acacia catechu

Used for mouth infection and sore throat

Madhumehari, Khadirasist, Khadiradi bati

Musta

Cyperus rotundus Linn

Used for curing Indigestion, Diarrhoea, Conjunctivitis

Chyawanprash, Mustakarishta

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.

Comments

PS Tavishi (author) from India 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:

Felishiya

Thanks.

PS Tavishi (author) from India 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.

Ram Ram.

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