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Ayurvedic Medicines

Ayurvedic Medicines

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest medical systems to cure diseases. Ayurvedic medicines were evolved in India over thousands of years ago during the Vedic period. Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This equilibrium makes you happy and healthy and help in preventing illness. Along with this it also treats specific physical and mental health problems. The main aim of this practice is to get the body rid of those substances which can cause disease, thus helping to re-establish harmony and balance to provide good health.
Many Ayurvedic practices are thousands of years old with no written records and these were passed on from one generation to another via word of mouth. The Caraka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita are two ancient books, written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago and are considered the main texts on Ayurvedic medicine.

And according to these texts there are eight branches of Ayurvedic medicine:

  • Internal medicine - Kayachikitsa
  • Surgery - Shalya Tantra
  • Ears, eyes, nose and throat - Shalakya Tantra
  • Pediatrics - Kaumarabhritya Tantra
  • Toxicology - Agada Tantra
  • Purification of the genetic organs - Bajikarana (or Vajikarana) Tantra
  • Health and Longevity - Rasayana Tantra
  • Spiritual Healing/Psychiatry - Bhuta Vidya

The treatment of Ayurveda utilizes diet, herbs, aromas, colours, meditation and yoga, along with special cleansing technique known as Panchakarma to assist each person to maintain harmony between body, mind, and spirit i.e. tridoshas. The approach of Ayurveda treatment provides an insight to each person to look at their lifestyle and discover the areas of disharmony. In this way Ayurveda empowers us with the capability to establish harmony among body and mind to maintain good health.

Ayurvedic treatments and its medicine rely heavily on herbs and plant's parts. At present the ayurvedic treatment is based on more than 600 herbal formulas and 250 plant drugs. Ayurvedic medicine has been grouped into categories according to their effects for example, healing, promoting vitality,or relieving pain. Herbalist develops medicines according to the specific Ayurvedic text procedures by mixing metals and other natural substances to various herbs.
In Ayurvedic preparations, the herb is chosen and used depending on its medicinal value and curative effects on the body.

Some examples are listed below:

  • Roots :Turmeric, Ginger, Velvet Leaf, Rhubarb:
  • Leaves :Chaste Tree, Coriander, Aloe Vera:
  • Fruit :Black Pepper, Gooseberry, Indian Gall Nut:
  • Bark :Neem Tree, Ashoka Tree, Sandalwood
  • Seeds :Cardamom, Coriander, Cowhage Plant

Shamana and Shodhana are the two concepts of disease management in Ayurveda. Shamana means lessening. Shamana methods alleviate the disease and its symptoms. Shodhana means purging and Shodhana methods aim at eradication of the fundamental cause of disease.

The treatment of diseases can be broadly classified as:

  • Shodhana therapy (Purification Treatment)
  • Shamana therapy (Palliative Treatment)
  • Pathya Vyavastha (Prescription of diet and activity)
  • Nidan Parivarjan (Avoidance of disease causing and aggravating factors)
  • Satvavajaya (Psychotherapy)
  • Rasayana therapy (use of immunomodulators and rejuvenation medicines)

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