What is Ayurveda medicine and how can we use it

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Ayurveda medicine is a complementary medicine founded in India, I take a look at its benefits and uses.

The knowledge for long life

The Sanskrit definition of Ayurveda is "the knowledge for long life" building a healthy metabolic system, attaining good digestion, and proper excretion that, combined with exercise, yoga, and meditation all lead to vitality, Ayurveda is described as "the science of eight components" these are:

  1. Internal medicine
  2. Paediatrics
  3. Surgery
  4. .Opthalmology
  5. .Psychiatryhas
  6. Toxicology
  7. .Prevention of diseases and improving immunity and rejuvenation
  8. Aphrodisiacs and improving health of progeny

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical structures, whereby hundreds of herbs and plant-based remedies are employed there are far too many to list here (Over 250 in fact) but here are some, these include
Cardamom and cinnamon, Banana Powder, White leadwort, Pomegranate, Coriander, Carrot seed, Turmeric, Cumin seed, Aloe Vera, Saffron, Garlic, Ginger and Liquorice root.
Shall I go on?

It's been around for a long long time

Ayurvedic medicine first appeared in literature during the Vedic period in India, in this period, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, were composed, according to Vedic Sanskrit literature was roughly between 1700 and 1100 BC

Both Hinduism and Buddhism have been an influence on Ayurveda and in its development, with a particular focus on balance on all things including moderation of food intake, sleep and sexual intercourse.

The Five elements and Seven Tissues

Ayurveda also focuses on exercise, yoga, and meditation, the exercise is not just the physical discipline but also mental and spiritual discipline, the meditation focuses on the mind promoting relaxation and internal energy targeting at developing compassion, love, patience, generosity, forgiveness and more far-reaching goals.

Ayurveda stresses importance on the entire span of life and its various phases including building a healthy metabolic system, attaining good digestion, and proper excretion leading to vitality, focusing on the five elements earth, water, fire, air and space plus the seven types of tissues of the body.

Plasma, blood, flesh, adipose, bone, marrow and reproductive, when all of these exist in equal quantities, the body will be healthy, and when they are not in equal amounts, the body will be unhealthy in various ways.

A question over how effective it is

Up to 80% of people in India use some form of traditional medicines which includes Ayurveda, many Ayurveda products have not been tested in rigorous scientific studies, and two U.S. studies found that 20% of Ayurvedic Indian-manufactured patent medicines contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic and because they had not been tested in rigorous scientific studies have raised Safety concerns.

The Central Council of Indian Medicine under the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, now monitors higher education in Ayurveda, many clinics in urban and rural areas are run by professionals who qualify from these institutes, and although because of the lack of scientific studies there was insufficient evidence to show the validity of many treatment, a review of Ayurveda and cardiovascular disease concluded that the evidence for Ayurveda was not conclusive, some herbs seemed promising

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author avatar A K Rao
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Johnnydod for the article on Ayurveda Medicine! Here I would like to add that in India we have got Government Aurvedic Colleges where from students get their degree in Ayurvedic medicine after studying there for 5 years after completing their XII class. They have got Auyvedic Medical Council from where they get registration to practice this medicine! Thanks!

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author avatar johnnydod
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for adding that A.K

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Aug 2012 (#)

great page Johnny...am a lover of alternative medicine in all of its forms...thank you...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Aug 2012 (#)

Good and comprehensive share. Better that we study scientifically for the efficacy and the ingredients too for any harmful substances - siva

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author avatar neeta desai
27th Aug 2012 (#)

very good and informative...thanks for sharing...

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author avatar Ms. Ann
28th Aug 2012 (#)

I found this article to be very informative. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Aug 2012 (#)

I too am a follower of alternative and preventative medicine! I found this article very informative and interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Retired
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Great intro to Ayurveda, Johnny. I worked in an ayurvdic clinic in Amma's ashram for ten years. Good stuff~ Blessings, rd

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Aug 2012 (#)

very interesting subject and one I will be reading more about thanks johnnydod...

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author avatar crystalheart
31st Aug 2012 (#)

nicely written sir...I m in a medical college in India and in the same university we have an ayurvedic college also.I have seen them preparing medicines from plants,seeds,herbs etc.To my surprise everything was grown in the backyard and the medicines were freshly prepared.I can just hope that the scientific studies about lead and arsenic impurities turn out to be wrong.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

nice topic sir. The god of Ayurveda's temple is just 10 minutes drive from my house. He is known as Dhanwanthari and he hold a don't cringe, a worm in one hand. The worm is used to spit out bad blood from the system. My late mother's arthritis pain was reduced to an extent by using this worm treatment. We also eat ayurvedic medicines after delivery like dashamoolaarishtam, vilvadilehyam etc;. These concotions are safe and have no side effects. Thanks, do write more.

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Jan 2014 (#)

There are some clinics and Physicians who are genuine, yet for many of us separating counterfeits from real ones could be an issue. Great article, and it seems an Indian person has written this.

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Jan 2014 (#)

I am British Ptrikha with no connections with India except I love the food

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