Ayurvedic medicine and Ayurveda took birth in India thousands of years ago and is considered to be the world's oldest healthcare system. Ayurveda literally means the ‘science of life'. Ayurveda in the recent times is being globally recognized as a system of natural healthcare that suits the health of the modern world. Yet many people are often hesitant in approaching Ayurveda. The reasons could be diverse – lack of awareness about this ancient science, easy availability of modern medicine, and wide spread obsession with quick-fix solutions.
Ayurveda is the most unique form of health care system as it is not simply a health care system but a form of lifestyle adopted to maintain perfect balance and harmony of the body within the human existence. Ayurveda is not a "one-size-fits-all" system. Instead, its treatments are tailored to each person's unique prakriti (constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements.
Ayurvedic medicine comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils and various other products prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals. Because the medicines are from natural sources and not synthetic, they are accepted and assimilated in the body without creating many side effects but these medicines needs to be taken only under the direction of a trained practitioner. Some herbs can cause side effects or interact with conventional medicines and taken without any guidance.
In Ayurveda Good Health is interpreted not only as the absence of illness but as a state of complete wellbeing. For lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and overweight/obesity associated with cardiovascular diseases Ayurveda products can work wonders as it believes in preventing and reversing disease by adopting lifestyle changes. Ayurveda uses body type as the basis for governing the internal healing. The concept of Vata, Pitta and Kapha help in deciding the proper lifestyle for any individual. Balancing the three doshas help in reverting and controlling the disease.
Ayurveda understands the root cause first and then applies the same understanding to root out the disease from the body, this is the reason Ayurveda achieves the complete wellness and a state of cure and back to normalcy very easily. Ayurveda considers the detoxification as a primary part of the treatments and considers that until unless the disease causing factors are available in the body, diseases will keep on popping up again and again. As modern sciences believe in suppressing the signs and symptoms, these never appreciate to remove the disease causing factors from the body.
We can say that Ayurveda is unique as compared to other systems of medicine because Ayurveda is a complete way of life. It is a holistic health system comprising diet, Yoga, massage, detoxification, herbal remedies, meditation and daily lifestyle, Ayurveda improves not only a person's health, but also their wellbeing, lifestyle and state of mind.
Ayurveda is prevention oriented, is free from harmful side-effects and treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. Ayurveda views illness as caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person's body and mind back into a healthy balance.
Although Ayurveda can be used to alleviate various conditions, it is founded on the principle of preventing disorders in the long term rather than waiting for problems to manifest themselves. Thus it is the ideal way for healthy individuals to maintain good health and general well-being. When adopted in the right manner Ayurvedic principles can be extremely beneficial in making your life more balanced, healthy and productive.