Ayurvedic Medicine

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Ayurveda is considered to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within the western world, where several of its methods—such as herbs, massage, and Yoga as exercise or alternative medicine—are applied on their own as a form of CAM treatment.

   
Ayurvedic Medicine

A Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India, and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda comprises the words ayus, meaning 'life' and veda, meaning 'science'.

images Evolving throughout its history, Ayurveda remains an influential system of medicine in South Asia. The earliest literature of Ayurveda appeared during the Vedic period in India. The Sushruta Samhita and the Charaka Samhita were influential works on traditional medicine during this era. Ayurvedic practitioners also identified a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for curing various ailments and diseases.

Ayurveda is wide enough to include all that is essential to make a man healthy and happy. It includes the study of right conduct (dharma), which is necessary for the healthy growth of society in which the man lives.

images Furthermore, it deals with the philosophical aspect of life, the knowledge of which contributes greatly to the comfort and happiness of all human beings. Ayurveda philosophically understands the limitation of human efforts. Still it talks about the means of prolonging life and the methods of invigorating it.

  Ayurveda's Main objectives:
  • Maintenance of positive health.
  • Treatment of diseases.

 

The Sum & Substance of Ayurvedas:

  1   Svasthavrittam - Healthy regimen: the science of positive health.

  2   Aturavrittam - Patient’s regimen.

 

 
Svasthavrittam - Healthy regimen

  • The observance of systematized daily routine.
  • Life in accordance with seasons.
  • Well planned schedules of diet and exercise.
 
    Aturavrttam - Patient’s regimen

  • Curative and palliative measures used for the medical and emotional care of the patient.
  • Definition of the disease, etiology, clinical picture, patho-physiology, prognosis.
  • Line of treatment consisting of drugs, diet and life style.
 
  The Ayurvedic therapy

  • Palliative (samanam): Stresses on the use of medicaments.
  • Purificatory (sodhanam): Utilizes the Panchakarma therapies and the supportive Kerala special therapies.
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    images Nasyam and Tharpanam treatments are effective in Paralysis, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Spondylosis, and other Psychosomatic diseases. These therapies are used for devising new treatment modalities to deal with serious ailments of the modern time such as; Parkinsonism, Motor Neuron Diseases, Cancer etc.


     

    Avilable treatments: Snehapanam Dhara (Oordhwanga Dhara & Sarvanga Dhara), Pizhichil, Navarakkizhi, Sirovasti, Pichu and Sirolepa.

    Panchakarma treatments: Kashayavasthy, Snehavasthy, Nasyam, Virechanam and Raktamoksham.

     
    Many special treatments prescribed in the ancient medical classics for some of the most distressing diseases are currently practised only in Kerala, a state in the southern part of India.
     

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