What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda means the Science of Life. It originated in India more than 10,000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, from which all other systems emerged. This ancient Indian system of cure uses a holistic approach using herbs-natural ingredients - without side effects. As against Allopathy that gives a symptomatic suppression of an ailment Ayurveda eliminates the factors that cause the ailment taking both the internal and external environment of the human being into consideration. The most complete and detailed text on Ayurveda is the CHARAKA SAMHITA written in the 6th century B.C.
Time tested thro' observation and studies by Rishi-physicians, the knowledge was recorded on ancient palm leaves and handed down the generations.
The difference between the Holistic-Ayurveda System of medicine and other Reductionist Systems.
The human body is compared to a machine which can be analyzed in terms of its parts.
An illness is seen as the malfunctioning of its (body-machine) parts.
The various mechanism of the body are understood at biological and molecular levels, and malfunctions are treated by physical and / or chemical intervention. Thus, for the purpose of treatment, body and mind are considered as separate entities.
Chance plays as important role in phenomena causing disease.
Both time and matter are reduced to smaller units.
- An individual is considered as a non-divisible unity, an integrated whole which cannot be reduced in terms of its parts, nor can the individual be separated from the social cultural and ritual environment and the cosmic link.
- An illness is viewed as the consequence of disharmony within the cosmic order. It is not limited in space and time.
- Malfunctions are understood and treated in the context of the social, cultural and spiritual environment. For the purpose of treatment, body, mind and soul are considered integral.
- The universe is perfectly organized whole where nothing happens without reason or fortuitously and everything is moving toward a definite goal. It is not a meaningless combination and separation of chemicals occurring by chance that causes disease.
- Matter is interlinked, interconnected, dynamic. It is constantly changing and it is this transformation that denotes time. Time is eternal.