Oldest Indian medical system known in the world- Ayurveda
When we take the name health; varieties of definitions and synonyms comes to our mind. In the present world, different kinds of treatment processes has been developed. Many requires modern technologies, nature, fermentation process and many more. Each of them possesses their own methods. Our concerned site is “Theayurveda.org”. What do you get when you listen/read this word?
What is Ayurveda: An Introduction to Ayurveda
It means its a section where all kinds of Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Herbal medicines and spiritual healing methods are present. It is like a book; where we will be introducing you with all the aspects and the secrets of longevity.
As a book starts with the introduction page. Similarly our site will get inaugurated with the ‘Introductory section of Ayurveda’. First thing come to our mind is, what is Ayurveda?
The simple meaning of Ayurveda is “Science of life”. It was discovered approximately 5000 years ago.
It is a natural, holistic treatment accompanied with herbal tactics which provides you longevity and an eased life. Ayurveda is the origination of India itself and is considered as the ancient form of treatment.
How Ayurveda came into existence
It is believed that the Ayurveda was passed by God to his angels and then finally to human being (Rishis/Saints). In short Dhanwantari is regarded as the; Divine Father of Ayurvedic medicine and also known as Ayurvedic father of surgery. Maharashi Bharadwaj is the Human Father of Ayurvedic medicines which then shared knowledge to Atreya Punarvasu who wrote the famous book on Ayurveda i.e. “Charak Samhita”
In fact, Atreya Punarvasu was the advisor and acharya Agnivesha was the main author of charaka Samhita, whereas acharya charaka was the actual redactor and acharya dridhabala was the completer of this samhita. Precisely, Charak and Sushrut are two reorganisers of Ayurveda whose works are still extant. And then Ashtanga Hriyadayam is a concise version of the works of Charak and Sushrut. Consequently, Ayurveda is the only complete ancient medical system still in existence.
According to Wikipedia:
Agnivesa, under the guidance of the ancient physician Atreya, had written an encyclopedic treatise in the 8th century B.C. However, it was only when Charaka revised this treatise that it gained popularity and came to be known as Charaka Samhita. For two millennia it remained a standard work on the subject and was translated into many foreign languages, including Arabic and Latin.
According to the Charaka tradition, there existed six schools of medicine, founded by the disciples of the sage Punarvasu Ātreya. Each of his disciples, Agnivesha, Bhela, Jatūkarna, Parāshara, Hārīta, and Kshārapāni, composed a Samhitā. Of these, the one composed by Agnivesha was considered the best. The Agnivesha Samhitā was later revised by Charaka and it came to be known as Charaka Samhitā. The Charaka Samhitā was revised by Dridhbala.
- Sutra Sthana
- Nidan Sthana
- Viman Sthana
- Sharir Sthana
- Indriya Sthana
- Chikitsa Sthana
- Kalpa Sthana
- Siddhi Sthana
There were 8 main chapters in this book. There had been 120 sub chapters of which they all in total had 12,000 shlokas and description of 2,000 medicines. There were cures for diseases related to almost every body part of human body and all medicines had natural elements without ant chemicals to cure the diseases.
Minimal History of Ayurveda
Here is the Image of how Ayurveda was passed from God to Angels and then to human.
India is the holy land of saints! Earlier, couple of decades back; this land was surrounded by spiritual chants and divine knowledge of Vedas. The first college of Ayurvedic knowledge was “Nalanda university” in India. It consist of thousands of books which were believed to be1,200 years old refreshed with complete Ayurvedic knowledge.
Unfortunately, the books and scriptures were burnt during British reign and all the universities related to Ayurveda were closed. This was like the decline of Ayurveda; in India itself. What can be merciless than this? As the time passed, steadily Ayurveda practice was again started and as the result many new colleges and universities flourished all across India.
The oldest medicine Ayurveda; is now the last to be rediscovered. In the present world, foreign countries have adapted themselves to get cured and prevented through Ayurveda. The miraculous effects marked a great impact on life.
Where Ayurveda stands in present day
In Ayurveda treatment, many types of therapies and treating methods are accompanied like Colour therapy, Herbology, Pancha Karma, Meditation, Aura therapy, Yoga practices, nutrition and many more. The description and effects of Ayurveda has also been listed in the holy books of “Shrimad Bhagwadgeeta”.
Ayurvedic treatment is free from surgical processes also called Shalya Tantra. Earlier, it was practiced using dead bodies for the experimentations and teachings. There are many more sections in Ayurveda depicting each of them with their own specific field.
In Ayurveda, spirituality is also present; it simply connects your soul to the almighty spirit. Still the modern technologies and scientists are aware of the fact; how spiritual healing occurs! Well, it is all on the faith and hope.
Now-a-days, MRI scans, CT scan, X-rays etc are present to detect the ailment or injury. Earlier, these were not present and the physicians were able to detect the diseases normally which was relatively same as the today’s reading.
Ayurveda is the treatment process which is easily accessible and affordable by everyone. It is a fact that those Ayurveda doctors practising in the sake of fame and fortune then they can never be a good doctor. Ayurveda is all about to uproot your ailment with an eased way.
Ayurveda was originated in India itself; still very less practiced in its native country only. Guys, lets shake hand and pledge to raise the flag of India much higher though opting Indian treatment. So, go natural live well!
Resource to learn more about Ayurveda:
- Book on Ayurveda: The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: 1
- Wikipedia page on Ayurveda
- Site on herbs: http://www.dharmonyherbs.com/
- Good website on Ayurveda: http://ayurveda-foryou.com/
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