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Evolving Ayurveda
Why Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic meaning of Health
Definition of Health
Aim of Ayurveda
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Globalisation of Ayurveda
Pancha Karma
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Skilled, dexterous and empowered by the Divine for healing is our left hand, for it removes blocks in the free flow of joy. And yet more potent is this divinely empowered right hand, for it contains all medicinal capacities of the universe, its all auspicious healing touch bringing peace, harmony, welfare, opulence, joy and liberation from all toxic conditions of matter - birth, death, old age and disease." -Atharva Veda

Within all of us is the arch type of the divine healer. This divine healer is the true healer in all beings, not any particular individual or special personality. To heal ourselves or others we must set in motion within ourselves. Dhanvatari, an incarnation of the God Vishnu, the eminent divine consciousness represents this truth in the tradition of Ayurveda. The god is a reminder that how ever much we know or skillful we become, everything still depends on the grace of the spiritual nature. Ayurveda is the knowledge that indicates the appropriate and inappropriate happy or sorrowful conditions of living, what is auspicious or inauspicious for longevity, as well as the measure of life itself. People are gradually growing health conscious and are eager to learn more and more about the ways and means to keep healthy and happy, and Ayurveda offers them certain easy and practical principles for a meaningful life and purposeful living.

Ayurveda has been specifically appreciated for its holistic approach to man and non provocative application of medicines. Therefore some people are in search of an approach that will allow them to gain health promotion and disease prevention. Man is the most precious creature on earth. He is naturally entitled to the best medical treatment available for preservation and fortification of his health and eradication of his disease. The natural interpretation of the best medical treatment would be as follows.

4. It should have the best preventative measures for diseases by way of mental, personal and public hygiene; inoculation, vaccination and immunization etc.
5. It should eradicate the disease from its root and should not allow any relapse or reoccurrence.
6. The drugs cure the disease as quickly as possible but should never cause any side effects, toxic effects or complications. Unfortunately no system of medicine prevalent and practiced in the world today fully fulfilled the above conditions and this is why the vice physicians of the world favor integration of all medical systems assimilating the best from all and developed a world medicine for all.

Science is universal and medical science is no exception. We do not believe that there can be separate systems of western and Indian medicine. Such multiplicity of system is believed in and encouraged by people who have not clearly grasped the significance of the noble ideas as preached by the great Acharyas of Indian Medicine and the savants of the western medicine. The so called systems merely represent different aspects and approaches to medical science as practiced during different ages and in different parts of the world; anything of value emerging from these should be utilized for the benefit of humanity as a whole and without any reservation.

Why Ayurveda: Ayurveda employs whatever Mother Nature provides in the form of plants, trees, shrubs & herbs to cure the ailments so it is… TOTALLY SAFE - having no side effects. Also you can learn to balance your body and adopt your diet and life style to suit your basic constitution on the guidelines of Ayurveda. Everything on earth can be utilized in an effective and promotional way.

Important principles of Ayurveda: Some of the important principles of Ayurveda as mentioned below require to be appreciated purely on scientific and socio economic grounds to explain Ayurveda’s possible subscription to the proposed world medicine. Treat the man as a whole. Body and mind are inseparable in a living and healthy man, care should always be taken to view man from the psychosomatic angle. Body structures and functions can not be studies in isolation. Ayurveda has this holistic approach to man.

Give the drug as a whole. Isolation and administration of active principles from drugs affect the cure quickly but cause side effects or complications too, the ideal treatment is that which cures the disease and does not cause any other disease. If drug as a whole is administrated it will cure relatively slowly but cause no other side effect. Ayurveda believes in strong physique, quiet mind and kind heart so that he may be healthy and happy for himself (Sukhayu), and useful and purposeful for the society (Hitayu), nation and world. This gives meaning to life and leads decency to living.

Social Aspect of Life: A person whose life is useful for the society is Hitayu and the life, which is bad for the society is known as Ahitayu. It has been emphasized that one should follow such a path in the life, which is beneficial to society and avoid all such habits that are potentially harmful to society.

Hita-Ayu: The life of a person is said to be beneficial to others and society if one has a number of important qualities. One should compassionate to all creatures, truthful, non-covetous, piece loving, Charitable and decisive in one’s action. He should be committed to the three goals of Dharma (virtue/duty), Artha (prosperity) and Kama (pleasure); scholarly and retiring in disposition, sharing reverence to those worthy to it and seeking the company of elders, He should have curbed the passion of desire, envy, anger, pride and greed and devoted to a life to quietude, austerity and knowledge. Spiritual insight and a contemplative nature are also considered beneficial for the world.

Ahita-Ayu: That life which is of the opposite of the above – mentioned properties is harmful to the society.

Sukha-Ayu: A happy life is that which is not afflicted by disease and which in endowed with youth, strength, virillity, courage and reputation. A life, which matches the abilities of the individual through which he can be self-actuated/fulfilled; a life that is balanced in the pursuit of knowledge and use of the senses; a life that is productive and prosperous is considered happy.
Duhkha-Ayu means unhappy life. A person, having qualities opposite to those the defined as unhappy.

Prevention is better than cure. If the practice of mental, personal, and public hygiene is faultlessly exercised, disease can be safely avoided. Discipline, decency and devotion help maintain the equilibrium of body and mind and also develop resistance power to combat against diseases. Ayurveda advocates certain purificatory measures (Panchakarma) for flushing out the stagnant and abnormally accumulated metabolites and endotoxins and thereby making the systems clean and fresh.
Panchakarma is receiving increasing appreciation at the hands of the western doctors in foreign countries. This therapy can also be applied as a preventative measure. Body is more important than bacteria. Stress has been laid on increased on increasing the resistance power of the body rather than killing the bacteria. Man is the miniature of the cosmos. Different dietic regimen and purificatory measures have been advocated to avoid the harmful effect of seasonal variations. Man has been studied in relation to his surroundings and environment. There is a reciprocity between them both should be treated simultaneously.
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