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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY - AUGUST 2011)

Ayurveda - Complete Knowledge for a Long Life

S.A. Nirmal1, S.C. Pal2, and Subhash C. Mandal3*

Abstract
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a more than 5,000 year old comprehensive system of medicine based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture and Hinduism. Its conspicuous use of the word Veda, or knowledge, reveals its role in early Hinduism and describes its hallowed place in India. Having lost state patronage during the British rule in India, Ayurveda is making a slow comeback. Ayurveda is gaining lots of interest in the Western countries. Ayurvedic treatments in the West are primarily dietary and herbal due to lack of well educated Ayurvedic practitioners. Patients are classified by body types, or prakriti, which are determined by proportions of the three doshas. Illness and disease are considered to be a matter of imbalance in the doshas. Treatment is aimed at restoring harmony or balance to the mind-body system. Ayurvedic medicine is gaining in popularity around the world. There are a number of medical schools that teach Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, the 5000 year old healing science of India, has experienced resurgence in popularity in the West. Ayurveda, literally "The Science of Life," is a healing modality based on experience. It is founded on careful observation and analysis of the connection between the physical body, mind, emotions and environment to create balance and harmony. Ayurveda is a powerful self-healing paradigm that allows virtually anyone to understand and correct imbalances and conditions that can lead to illness and physical imbalances. Ayurveda is understood to be a holistic healing art, taking into account the continuum between mind and body, and understanding that the mind, the body, the emotions and the external conditions and environment all interact with one another and can impact one another. Ayurveda also recognizes that humans are each unique, but that they have certain primary characteristics that are identifiable based on the body-mind type that they have. This body-mind type is broken down into three primary types, as well as combinations of the types. These types are vata (air type), pitta (fire type) and kapha (water/ earth) type. By understanding the body type, one can then adjust diet, lifestyle and daily routines to ensure optimum energy, radiance and health.

 

 

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