Medicine Ayurveda: A Brief Introduction and Benefits
Etymologically speaking, the Sanskrit term ‘Ayurveda’ is composed of two words ‘Ayu’ and ‘Veda’.
Ayu means life
Veda means knowledge or science.
So the two words combine to give the meaning ‘the science of life’ or ‘the knowledge about life’ or ‘a sensible way of living’. The life that is the combination of body, mind, sense organs and soul. Ayurveda means bring to yourself back into balance, exercising, breathing fully, reducing stress, sleeping well.
Ayurveda is the knowledge that indicates the appropriate and inappropriate in life, the happy and sorrowful condition of living, what is auspicious or inauspicious for longevity, as well as the measure of life (life span) itself. Ayurveda is also a system of medicine in the sense that it systematizes and applies the knowledge about health and diseases of balanced and imbalanced states of living beings and how imbalanced states can be corrected and the restored balance maintained. Ayurveda embraces all aspects of well-being of living creatures -physically, mentally and spiritually.
Ayurveda is the science of life. It teaches us to become aware of ourselves in relation to our environment and the world around us. It teaches us to be aware of what we put into ourselves from foods, to sounds, emotions, smells and more. It is a science that isn’t just trying to extend life but is improving the quality of life and lifestyle.
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Ayurveda is based on reading the body by the elements of nature and understanding which elements (space, air, fire, water, earth) have predominance in an individual’s constitution. Disease is an imbalance of your natural state, and Ayurveda accesses which elements are out of balance to create a plan to bring you back into harmony.
Ayurveda treats the root cause of the diseases, but in this vast medicine, the prevention of better than cure. This traditional ancient medicine believes if mental, personal and public hygiene is exercised, diseases can be safely avoided. With daily habits and discipline, Ayurveda maintains the equilibrium of the body and mind and develop resistance power to fight any diseases.
In the modern times there are many forms of medicine have roots in Ayurveda, like aromatherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, marma therapy, tantra massage, acupuncture, even Reiki (Energy healing), ayurvedic massage, etc.
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