Body & Mind
Introduction to Ayurveda
What is Panchakarma?
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the natural healing system of India.
In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda means science
of life. Ayu means life or daily living, and Veda
Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedas, the worlds
The Vedic system, including Ayurveda was in practice
before 4000 B.C.
Vedic science includes Yoga, meditation and astrology as
its branches for dealing with physical body.
Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health, and
a diseased person to regain health. It is both a medical
and metaphysical healing science.
It includes herbal medicines, dietetics, bodywork,
surgery, psychology and spirituality.
In Ayurveda the creative force Dhanvantari
the divine healer, symbolizes Brahma.
All Ayurveda literature is based on the Samkya philosophy
of creation. Sat means truth and
Kya means to seek, to know.
The ancient Rishis, or realized beings, discovered truth
by means of religious practices, disciplines and through
intensive meditations. Rishis and sages like
Shushrutacharya, Charakacharya, Vagbaht, Sarangdhar etc.
created great commentaries, contributing their efforts
and insights to make it available to all of us.
Ayurveda is concerned with eight principle branches of
medicines, collectively called Ashtang Ayurveda.
They are pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics,
ophthalmology, geriatrics, otolaryngology, general
medicine and surgery.
All these medical specialties are addressed according to
theories of five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and
Earth), the Tridoshas or bodily humors ( Vata, Pitta,
Kapha), the seven Dhatus or bodily tissues, the three
Malas or waste (urine, stool and sweat), and spiritual
Any imbalance between body, mind and environment begins
the process of disease.
The treatment not only works on the disease but also
emphasizes achieving more health, longevity and awareness.
There are various treatments including a daily regime,
Meditations, Pranayama, Yoga, balanced diet according to
the body type, the attributes, the medicines, and a
variety of cleansing process called Panchakarma,
Shirodhara, Rasayani, Vajikaran, etc.
What is Panchakarma?
Ayurvedic treatment attempts to establish a balance
between bodily humors. According to Ayurveda first
eliminating the toxins (excess dosas) that are
responsible for the disease, is very important in the
initiation of any form of treatment. There are two types
of toxins. The neutralization of toxins can be applied on
both physical and emotional levels.
Panchakarma is basically cleansing process that not only
treats diseases but also improve health to achieve
longevity and rejuvenation. According to individuals
health status, one or more processes can be useful for
improving the health.
Pancha means five and Karma means action or process.
These are five process are:
Vaman(Vomiting), Virechana (purgative or laxative), Basti
(medicated enemas), Nasya (nasal administration) and
Raktmokshan-blood letting (purification of the blood).
There are detail guidelines in Ayurveda about these
process with indication and contra-indication as well the
Purvakarmas(pre-processes) and Pachatkarma (precautions
after the cleansing process).
Snehan (oil massage) and Swedan (steaming) are necessary
pre-procedures for Panchakarma.
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