Another milestone to achieve Holistic Health is the addendum of Ayurvedic Clinic at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The first school of medicine dating back to the origin of life itself, makes a come back with all its glory in the 21st century. With the west aping the east on eternal truths and knowledge of life, we need to refresh our old science of sages according to modern ages.
Ayurveda is the science of longevity and living. It is propounded that the knowledge of Ayurveda came straight from Brahma himself and that makes it the medical science of highest order; for the creator knows exactly the strengths and lacunae in his creation. Brahma passed this knowledge to other Gods, and sage Bhardwaja. The sage in turn, handed it over to other sages. The trend continued and the knowhow travelled through generations over the centuries. Ayurvedic principles were documented in details in "Atharvaveda"- oldest recorded wisdom of earth (6000 B.C)
Ayurveda is the 'Upveda' of 'Atharvaveda'
and Vedas as we all know are the most primitive and earliest / initial source of knowledge on this earth. The word Ayurveda = 'Ayu' + 'Veda' is self explainatory. 'Ayu' means life and 'Vedas' means science. It is the science which encompasses the essence of life. The rules of perfect living were laid by 'Brahma' the creator, which are unchallengeable. All the four aims of life as elaborated in the Vedas viz. dharma, artha, kama & moksha can be achieved only with Aarogya ie., disease free / healthy life.
Ayurveda is a unique science which deals with the Spiritual, Physical, Mental & Intellectual aspects of human life. It incorporates the knowledge of normal Physiology and Pathological states of life in details.
The insight of this science is sea deep. It maintains that the objects of life science should be i.e. the first aim is to maintain the health of the healthy individual & secondly, to provide cure & treatment of the pathological conditions and relieve mankind of its sufferings.
'Health is not only the state of disease free body but - 'Ayu' - 'Life' which incorporates four components.
A healthy and disease free existence of all four of the above components constitutes a healthy life.
WHO's definition of 'Health' - "A state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely absence of disease" ; fits into the ancient definition of 'Ayu' in toto.
Ayurveda deals with minutest details of life, whose principles and guidelines are widely applicable, practical and hold true even after ages of its advent. It may be labelled as a timeless science with essence of religion, philosophy and its theories which have been and will remain valid till the existence of human race.
It may seem strange, but its true that, in the gone by era, medical specialties were highly, developed. Eight branches were recognized, namely Medicine, Paediatrics, Graha Badha (Science of super natural powers), Eye & ENT, Surgery, Jurisprudence & Toxicology, Geriatrics & Vajikaran.
This system of medicine differs from modern medicine in its holistic approach and the treatment modalities have overtones of philosophical and psychological aspects of life, Moreover the drugs used here for treatment are purely natural, hence causing minimal/no side effects Drugs are administered after proper processing; but as a whole, instead of extracting the main component and mixing with certain chemicals.
Basic principles of this medical science are derived from the Indian philosophy. The universe is composed of 5 basic elements, viz. Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Every matter in this universe is derived from a unique permutation and combination of these five elements.
Ayurveda offers personalized cure by assessing the Prakriti of an individual. Each patient is subjected to a series of parameters, whereby the physical and mental constitutions are adjudged in lieu of advocating specific medication. The physical parameters are Vata, Pitta & Kapha and the mental grading is on the basis of Satva, Rajas & Tamas.
STRENGTHS OF AYURVEDA
The common users of Ayurveda are individuals who have incurable, non life threatening conditions, that may be chronic. The second largest group of users is those struggling with chronic, potentially life threatening diseases.
Both groups turn to Ayurveda to improve immune status, to improve overall functioning & quality of life, to cope with side effects from conventional therapies and to relieve symptoms related to their illness.
In lieu of fulfilling its basic aim in prevention of health of healthy individuals, this science has delineated specific rules of daily regimen ( Dincharya) & seasonal regimen (Ritucharya). These have to be followed with specifications in accordance with individualistic Prakriti (the inherent body mind constitution). This aids a great deal in restoration & maintenance of health.
In addition ,application of Pathya Apathya Vyavastha (Dietary recommendations and restrictions), along with specified medications; is the hallmark of Ayurvedic prescriptions. This facilitates restoration of health and balancing the Tridoshas (bio-humours).
Ayurveda provides a number of single, compound Herbal / Herbo mineral Rasayana Drugs contributing unique Rasayana therapy having diversified actions on different systems of the body viz. immuno-modulation (on immune system), antioxidant action (prevents bio-oxidation thereby checking age related disorders, auto immune disorders, degenerative disorders), adaptogenic affects (on psychoneuro endocrine system) and so on.
The unique Panchkarma therapy targets at getting rid of the toxins from the body in toto. These are palliative and purificative regimens, which aid in establishment of normalcy of the body functions
Ayurveda has a comprehensive individua-listic approach for the selection of appropriate therapy considering the body as a whole, not merely treating the disease. Besides this, Ayurvedic Swasthavritta / Sadvritta provides various counselling regimens to combat stress related problems, thereby improving the vital strength & immunity (Vyadhi Kshamatva) that ultimately helps in managing the symptoms efficiently and improving the quality of life!