The word "Ayurveda" is composed of two Sanskrit Terms viz. 'Ayu' meaning 'Life' and 'Veda' Meaning 'Knowledge'. Therefore, "Ayurveda" means '' Knowledge of life or Science of life" Ayurveda is also considered to be divine in origin and is known as "Upa Veda" to "Atharveda". There are many reference to health diseases, description of medicinal plants etc., in "Atharveda". Thus Ayurveda is originated from the Veda However, in common parlour, it is used to imply "The Science of Medicines".
As per the Ayurvedic authorities, Ayurveda is the science that enables one to obtain knowledge about the useful & harmful, happy & miserable types of life, the span of life as well as the very nature of life etc. Besides, it gives a prime position to soul or Atma. Control of Senses is an essential component of medical treatment in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda the traditional and rational medicine of India that aims at the happiness of Society is in uninterrupted practice since pre-historic ages and perhaps has an unenviable position in the field. It provides a rational means for the treatment of many internal diseases that are considered to be obstinate and incurable in other systems of medicines in vogue now-a-days.
A long, fruitful, happy, bountiful, exuberant and zestful life was a part of the world view that the ancient India developed. The ancient people did not discard the physical and material aspects of life, but treated the same with due consideration. This is reflected in the in the Vedas, Upnishads and also in other scriptures. People who want to live hundred full years with prosperity and good health and in good vigor require several tools, implements, gadgets, technologies etc. This cannot be achieved without having a sound understanding of the natural physical principles.
The Ayurveda considers human being as a whole. All the physiological and pathological processes involve three constitunts viz. i) the Tridoshas-Vata, Pitta & Kapha, ii) Sapta Dhatus (seven Tissues-Rasa, Rakta Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja & Shukra and iii) Malas (The waste products) and these are responsible for good or ill health in a person. The imbalance generates diseases and the restoration of balance eliminates the same. Therefore, Health (Swastha) depends upon the equibalance condition of these constituents qualitatively and quantitatively. This necessitates the balancing of health in a natural way.
Ayurveda strongly emphasizes on Prevention, Promotion, Care & Rehabilitation. For this, it advocates to follow the Principles of Health, Observation of Principles, Daily regimen (dincharya) Seasonal regimen (Ritu Charya), Rathri charya (Night routine), Sadvritta (ethical moral activities, Ahara (Food), Nidra (Sleep) andBrahmcharya (regulated actions).
The aim of treatment is a not only to cure the disease but to root out the cause, so that it may not take place in future. Keeping in good health is our best investment of prevention of the diseases that come, as we get older. The aim of treatment is also to improve the vitality and to strengthen the immune system. In Ayureveda, the diagnostic procedures are very critical in nature and the physician has to apply the deep knowledge and experience before starting therapy.
In the West, people generally judge their health according go their muscale tone. However, in the East, they see the internal organs as being the most important aspect of good health. All diseases result 'not' from poor muscle tone but from poor internal organ function.
Regular use of quality herbs, a healthy Ayurvedic diet according to one's constitution and exercise can help keep internal organs strong and healthy. So in old age, we have a much better chance of warding off diseases that result from poor internal organ function. Indisputably the Spiritual Health Science "Ayureveda" could be the world's Health Care System of the next millennium. Renaissance of the traditional medicine that began almost two decades ago has gathered momentum in the recent years. Currency of this herbal revolution is the public faith. Public interest in herbal medicines is evidently reflected in the electronic media.
So be a part of Ayurveda. Rise with Ayureveda, Begin with Ayurveda, Work with Ayurveda and Sleep with Ayurveda.