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a holistic Indian system of medicine that uses a constitutional model. It works
to provide a flexible guidance to attain a state of positive health. Its
treatment and techniques is also flexible for people with health challenges.
Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit root words: Ayu,
which means Life,
and Veda, which
means the Knowledge.
Thus Ayurveda refers to the Science of life.
The ancient rishis or seers of truth, discovered truth by means of religious
practices & disciplines. Through intensive meditation, they manifested truth
in their daily lives. Ayurvedic system of health is conversance of practical,
philosophical & religious experiences of great sages.
Ayurveda is a fine blend of Science, Religion & Philosophy as well. We use
the word religion to denote philosophical perceptions and discipline in conduct
through which, the doors of perception open to all aspects of life. Through its
scientific approach to human life, Ayurveda works to harness the intricate
abilities of human body and mind. With its philosophical approach to human life,
Ayurveda preaches us to recognize ourselves as miniscule component of this
The physiological and pharmacological concepts of Ayurveda are structured in
"whole- someness". Therefore, the Ayurvedic description of "human
body" and the "drugs" are dealt from a holistic plane. Even their
"interface" is identified from a holistic perspective.
Deviating from the known approaches of
our times to human body, Ayurveda studies the human body more from a functional
point of view. In Ayurveda, human body is not considered just as a mass of
organs, systems and tissues; but the complex mechanism’ of myriad functions
taking place both at physical and mental level are evaluated and described.
In order to explain the functional complexity of human body, Ayurveda propounded
few basic doctrines. These doctrines visualize the functional units of the body
to be formed by three Dosha (humours), seven Dhatu (tissues) and Mala
(metabolic end products) which are in equilibrium during health.
The human body is more complex than any other form of life as on date. Purusha
–the Human body is the aggregate of 25 elements, together with Atma
–the spirit or soul.