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AyurVedaIntro

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Introduction
Ayurveda is India’s traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than5,000 years. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translated means "science of life" or "practices of longevity." Ayurveda was the system of health care conceived and developed by theseers (rishis) and natural scientists through centuries of observations, experiments, discussions,and meditations. For several thousand years their teachings were passed on orally from teacher to student; about the fifth to sixth century BC, elaborately detailed texts were written in Sanskrit,the ancient language of India. For many years Ayurveda flourished and was used by rich andpoor alike in India and Southeast Asia.Manuscript page from Atharva-Veda, earliest Indian text (approx. 1500 BC) with much medicalinformation, one of several Vedas (meaning "knowledge"), upon which Ayurvedic medicalpractice is based on. Ayurvedic manuals were written by Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata thatgive detailed descriptions of the various practices. Charaka listed 500 hundred remedies andSushruta over 700 vegetable medicines.Ayurveda emphasizes prevention of disease, rejuvenation of our body systems, and extension of life span. The profound premise and promise of Ayurveda is that through certain practices, notonly can we prevent heart disease and make our headaches go away, but we can also better understand ourselves and the world around us, live a long healthy life in balance and harmony,achieve our fullest potential, and express our true inner nature on a daily basis.Ayurveda provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illness through lifestyleinterventions and natural therapies. It is based on the view that the elements, forces, andprinciples that comprise all of nature - and that holds it together and make it function - are alsoseen in human beings. In Ayurveda, the mind (or consciousness) and the body (or physical mass)not only influence each other - they are each other. Together they form the mind-body. Theuniversal consciousness is an intelligent, aware ocean of energy that gives rise to the physicalworld we perceive through our five senses. Ayurvedic philosophy and practices link us to everyaspect of ourselves and remind us that we are in union with every aspect of nature, each other,and the entire universe.There can be no mental health without physical health, and vice versa. In Ayurveda, symptomsand diseases that could be categorized as mental thoughts or feelings are just as important assymptoms and diseases of the physical body. Both are due to imbalances within a person, andboth are treated by restoring the natural balance mentally and physically. In Ayurveda your wholelife and lifestyle must be in harmony before you can enjoy true well being. Lifestyle interventionsare a major Ayurvedic preventive and therapeutic approach.In India, Ayurvedic practitioners receive state-recognized, institutionalized training in parallel totheir physician counterparts. The research base is growing concerning the physiological effects of meditative techniques and yoga postures in Indian medical literature and Western psychologicalliterature. Published studies have documented reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors,including blood pressure, cholesterol, and reaction to stress, in individuals who practice Ayurvedicmethods.Laboratory and clinical studies on Ayurvedic herbal preparations and other therapies have shownthem to have a range of potentially beneficial effects for preventing and treating certain cancers,treating infectious disease, treating diabetes, promoting health, and treating aging. Mechanismsunderlying these effects may include free-radical scavenging effects, immune system modulation,brain neurotransmitter modulation, and hormonal effects.
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THE ANCIENT ART OF CURE AND A BEAUTIFUL ART OF LIVING
Ayurvedam is a gift of God from heaven as the answer to the frequent prayers of our ancestors. Ithas not been given just to cure diseases but it has shown a way of living which is healthy andfruitful.These days, life is a burden for all. It does not matter if you are rich or poor. For the poor, itmeans suffering, as they have to work hard to make both ends meet and also to attain a desiredstandard of living. The affluent persons have to work hard in order to keep up the style of living(social status) they are accustomed to. In the midst of all these worries, tension and hard work,your mind will not have peace nor body get proper rest. This can lead to disease.Here ayurveda gives you an advice on proper style of life. Get up early in the morning and pray toGod.
" Bramhe muhurthe uthishte swastho rakshartheam ayusha"----
Our God almighty is the only answer to all our miseries. We should pray for our daily bread.Forgive others, so that we get forgiveness from God. This divine love of God help us to love allour friends, neighbors, elders and vanishes all hatred from our minds. Thus our mind becomesclear to see the beauty of the world, which god has given to us. This will enable us to be satisfiedwith our earnings and to see the gifts of our life.The clear contented mind helps to think properlyand free us from anxiety, tiredness and idleness. With full energy and peace of mind we have thefull day to live.Think about body appetite, digestion and sleep. This will give an idea of "
doshe vriddikshaya
". If something goes wrong, we should seek necessary medical care. Recognizing and identifying themessages our body conveys us at various stages is very important for a healthy living."Suthrasthana" instructs to have fresh and tasty food with a good appetite. Work with utmostsincerity that you fear nothing, God gives you the reward. Good sleep is essential for good health.There is clear and proper instructions about sexual life as it is very important.
Food, sleep and sex are the three pillars of life.
"Rithucharya" talks about changes in climate. The strains due to overwork is caused by externalelements. "
Nidana parivarjanam chikithsa
"---says to avoid the cause to cure the illness."
Suthrasthan, Nidanesthana, Chikithsasthana 
" talks about medicines that cure the disease. Thusboth prevention as well as cure is discussed.Ayurveda - the ancient art of cure can be a modern art of living for better life and good health.
Basis for Ayurvedic Philosophy
Ayurveda is applicable to every living thing, as implied by its name, the science of life. Vedicsciences attribute life to more things than we normally do - the things such as air, wind, fire, theearth, planets, stars, etc. are all thought to possess conscience like living beings.The basic premise of Ayurveda is that the entire cosmos or universe is part of one singular absolute. Everything that exists in the vast external universe (macrocosm), also appears in theinternal cosmos of the human body (microcosm). The human body consisting of 50-100 millioncells, when healthy, is in harmony, self-perpetuating and self-correcting just as the universe is.
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The ancient Ayurveda text, Charaka, says, "Man is the epitome of the universe. Within man, thereis as much diversity as in the world outside. Similarly, the outside world is as diverse as humanbeings themselves." In other words, all human beings are a living microcosm of the universe andthe universe is a living macrocosm of the human beings.
1) Uniqueness of Individuals
Ayurveda views each and every person as unique, with a unique mind-body constitution and aunique set of life circumstances, all of which must be considered in determining either naturalhealing approaches or recommendations for daily living. This view is in alignment with themodern science which views individuals as unique in the universe with a unique DNA.According to Ayurveda, because we each have a unique constitution, our health prescription mustbe unique to us. This means that in order to be healthy, you need to eat certain foods that arebeneficial for your body type and stay away from others. Your exercise program must bepersonally suitable as well. Your constitution determines very much about you - your body, your personality, even how you relate to other people. Understanding it lets you know what you needin order to be healthy.
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Harmony With The Nature and Developing Perfect Health
The theoretical side of Ayurveda provides insights into how to live one's life in harmony withnature and natural laws and rhythms. Its practical side - specifically its guidelines for anintelligently regulated diet and daily routine, its techniques for stress management, and itsexercises for increased fitness and alertness-help us take control of our lives and develop radianthealth.The central goal of Ayurveda is nothing less than a state of perfect health, for the individual andfor society and the environment as well, in which every man and woman is inwardly in balanceand outwardly in harmony with the environment and the laws of nature.According to Ayurveda, nature is permeated by intelligence. Intelligent laws govern the growth of all living things; kittens grow into cats, acorns into oak trees. Indeed, laws of nature regulateeverything, from the tiny world of whirling atoms to the huge, enormous world of galaxies.
3) Human Body As A Self Correcting Mechanism and Balance
The human body is part of nature, as we discussed before as a microcosm of the universe, andwhen it runs perfectly, as it was designed to run, it can be perfectly healthy. It is trying to beperfectly healthy all the time, using its innate self-healing, self-regulating ability as it strives for aperfect homeostatic balance. But we repeatedly interfere.Nature has set us up with all the equipment we need to be perfectly healthy. Health is our naturalstate, and ill health is unnatural. Every day our systems are exposed to literally millions of bacteria, viruses, allergens, even carcinogens, and yet our immune system has the intelligenceand skill to deal with all those invaders and keep us healthy. However, when stress, inadequatenutrition, or just fatigue weaken the immune system, those same invaders may produce disease.Every second the body is adjusting to countless thousands of changing parameters, keeping us inhomeostatic balance. No matter what comes along to upset the balance, the body knows its ownnature, knows what ideal temperature it should be and the correct chemistry it needs to maintain,and keeps referring back to that blueprint to maintain proper balance.
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