It's time to take a pause and dig deep back into the ancient era of Ayurveda. Ayurveda has been an important part of our life for ages as it has its healing properties which help us to overcome various life problems. Ayurveda is the science of life and a way of holistic living endowing us with a healthy, body and mind. Ayurveda takes us to our roots and connects us with nature.
It helps us to balance our life chakras which play an important part in healing. Ayurveda helps us to focus on a healthy lifestyle which helps in enriching both our physical and mental health. As our environment undergoes various changes on account of different weather and seasons. To adapt and accommodate ourselves to these natural changes, our bodies require us to make certain adjustments to ensure we keep in sync with our surroundings. Ayurveda helps us to get that sync and takes us towards a healthy lifestyle.
Let us understand first, what the word "Ayurveda" stands for. The word "Ayurveda' is originated from the Sanskrit language and is derived from two words ‘”Ayur” and “Veda’”. Ayur means life while Veda means science or knowledge. On a broader note, Ayurveda means "science of life." In Ayurveda, there is the prevailing belief that everything in life is connected to each other. So it becomes necessary to focus on our health and wellness in order to keep our mind, body and soul in balance.
In Ayurveda, it is believed that the human body is controlled by Life Processes "Doshas" that is Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda techniques help us to balance our mind, body and soul and keep them inclined.
Vatta is related to breathing and muscle movement. If it is in balance it fosters creativity and flexibility. Pitta governs our digestive system. Kapha sees our muscle strength and endurance. These Doshas play an important role in our body performance and maintenance.
Even our environment plays an important role in creating a nurturing lifestyle that comprises elements – fire, earth, water, space and air. These elements affect our harmony, system and our energy. Ayurveda helps us to grow holistically with the balance of mind, body & soul.
History & Evolution of Ayurveda
The origin of Ayurveda dated back to 5,000 years ago and practiced in India since the 2nd century BC. It comprises mainly four Vedas: the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sam Veda, and Atharva Veda. It is said that Ayurveda started its origin by the god of the creator- The Lord Brahma. It is believed that Brahma passed this knowledge of Ayurveda to the sages and then Ayurveda took its form.
Ayurveda is called the “mother of healing sciences” and has in-depth information about the herbs and medicines in form of Shlokas or hymns. These entire have a huge influence on our internal and external well-being. It is an ailment to our diseases. It comprises profound wisdom that teaches us how to lead a balanced life.
Branches of Ayurveda
There are eight different components in Ayurvedic medicine that helps in managing our overall body and health. These branches of Ayurveda helps us in taking care of our body holistically:
1. Kaya Chikitsa
- This branch includes the overall treatment of the entire body.
- It mainly caters to the problems related to the digestive system and metabolism.
- It may include practices like applying oils, lotions, and creams.
2. Baala Chikitsa
- It focuses on diseases and sicknesses that occurred in children.
3. Graha Chikitsa
- This branch basically deals with problems revolving around the mind.
- Some of the treatments include herbs, diet, yoga, deep breathing, and chanting mantras.
4. Urdhyaanga Chikitsa
- This branch is primarily concerned with the health issues of the upper part of the body which mainly includes the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
5. Shalyaroga Chikitsa
- It includes surgical processes.
6. Damstra Chikitsa
- This branch involves removing toxins and poisons from the body, food, and environment.
7. Jara Chikitsa (geriatric)
- It focuses on the treatment of diseases that occurs in old age.
- It includes various therapies which help in improving memory, strength and longevity.
8. Vajjikaran Chikitsa (reproductive health)
- It involves sexual health and reproductive problems.
Ayurveda Process of Healing
The ayurvedic process involves “living simplified” in general. It takes us to ancient living where the prevalence of junk food and chaos lifestyle was less and more of a simple lifestyle was followed. Its healing process includes different massages of oils, therapies, medication and a routine that leads us towards a healthier lifestyle and gives us a youthful glow of positivity. It heals us internally and gives us a new and optimistic outlook on life. Ayurveda has been taught for ages and people practice this type of healing to gift themselves with beautiful skin, a healthy heart, a productive mind and a composed soul.
Ayurveda and its lifestyle play the important role in maintaining good health and body. Ayurveda is an effective way to keep your body, mind and soul in harmony and endows you with a flourishing lifestyle and longevity. Ayurvedic treatment indulges in a balanced diet, yoga, meditation, therapies, massages and various herbal remedies. In India, Ayurveda is used as a way of healing from various diseases and is a source of relief provider.
Ayurveda believes that everything is connecting us with the universe. If our body, mind and soul are harmonies to the universe that means we are mentally fit and physically active. Otherwise, this disbalance will lead to disharmony and our body will get prey to sickness. So in order to get a fit mind and body, Ayurveda helps us in longevity and provides us with a productive lifestyle.
Ayurveda helps in detoxification and cleansing of your body and provides you with relief from various ailments you suffer. It purifies the body with a new rhythm and charges it with new vigor and strength. Ayurveda helps to push the boundaries by cleansing our system and providing us with a composed mindset.