Ayurveda (Science Of Life)-A Holistic Way to be Healthy.
Brief Introduction of Ayurvedic Practices
How does Ayurveda work?
- Direct observations or experimental evidence-(Pratyaksha Pramana),
- Logical Analysis-(Anumana),
- Expert's Opinion-(Apta),
- Tactical Analysis and Review-(Yukti).
The Concept of 5 elements (Panchamahabhootas) in Ayurveda
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The Concepts of 3 Doshas (Energies) in the Human Body
The Concept of Channels
Diagnosis in Ayurvedic practice.
- Pulse (Nadi)-examination of the pulse such as the speed, quality, and rhythm,
- Urine (Mootra)-checking of the urine color, consistency, and sediments,
- Stool (Mala)- observation stool, such as smell, color, and nature of floating,
- Tongue (Jihva)- observation of the tongue such as the coating, color, and shape,
- Speech (Shabda)- observation of the ability to speak, sound, continuity, and so on,
- Touch (Sparsha)- understanding the temperature of the body, pulse reading, etc.
- Vision (Druk)- the color of the eyes, the frequency of the blinking, etc.
- Appearance (Aakruti)- Observing the appearance to understand the body structure, the condition of doshas, etc.
Important Terminologies used in Ayurveda
- Prakriti- body constitution
- Dosha-body humor/energies
- Prana-subtle life forces
- Mala-metabolic waste
- Agni-metabolic fire
- Avayava-body parts
- Marma-vital body parts
- Mahabhoota/Panchbhoota-5 elements
- Important Ayurvedic concepts.
The Eight Branches of Classical Ayurveda
2. Shalakya Tantra (Treatment of Head & Neck diseases)
3. Shalya Chikitsa (Surgery)
4. Damostra Chikitsa Agadantantra (Toxicology)
5. Baala Chikitsa Kaumara (Pediatrics)
6. Rasayana or Jara Chikitsa (Rejuvenation)
7. Vajikarana Chikitsa (Aphrodisiacs-the medicine or food that increase sexual desire)
8. Bhutavidaya/Graha Chikitsa (Psychology).
Treatment/Therapy in Ayurveda.
Benefits Panchakarma treatment
The 5 Panchakarma Therapeutic Methods
Limitation of Ayurveda
- Inadequacy of quantitative research and clinical trials
- Lack of sufficient evidence that Ayurveda is effective for treating any disease
- Some Ayurvedic medicines (rasa shastra medicines) may contain certain amounts of toxic metals such as lead, mercury, or arsenic.
- According to a study in 2008, nearly 21% of the Ayurvedic medicines sold through the Internet were found to contain toxic levels of heavy metals, like lead, mercury, and arsenic (manufactured both in U.S. and Indian).
Is Ayurvedic treatment deals with surgery?
What are oleation and fomentation treatments?
Are Ayurvedic medicines safe?
What the concept of Dinacharya and How does it relate to Ayurveda?
- regular bathing,
- cleaning of teeth,
- oil pulling, tongue scraping,
- and eye washing.
Is Ayurvedic medicine banned in the USA?
What is the future of Ayurveda in Western Countries?
What are the renowned brands that deal with Ayurvedic medicines?