Ayurveda, the word origin from Sanskrit ayu means life and veda means knowledge represents the crystallization of the ancient Indian wisdom as enshrined in the references to health, diseases and their remedies in the Vedas and is, as many scholars believe, a corollary of the AdharvaVeda. It’s a qualitative, holistic science of health and longevity,a philosophy and system of healing the whole person ,body and mind. In olden age philosophy and medicine were not separated, and it has strong influence on ayurvedic system of medicine.
This unique Indian system of medicine is based on the doctrine of the thridhosha(the bio- energetic forces namely vatha, pitha and kapha) and it postulates that health presupposes the harmonious existence of these forces and that their disharmony results in diseases. Ayurveda theory is proudly useful in analyzing individual patient constitution and understanding varieties in disease manifestation. As Ayurveda sees it, the symptoms of a disease are but the body calling attention to states of disequillibrium.
Ayurveda offers specific recommendations to each individual on lifestyle, diet, exercise and yoga,herbal therapy and even spiritual practice to restore and maintain balance in body and mind. The healing process in Ayurveda is so oriented as to restore the lost equilibrium and to bring the patient back into harmony with the environment. This genuinely Indian system of medicine was natured and developed by great exponents of the system like Charaka, Susrutha, Vagbhata and has achieved pride of place among the various holistic systems of medicines.
According to Ayurveda all matter is composed of 5 basic elements called panchamahabhootha which exhibit the properties of earth, water, fire, wind and space, the combined formulation of these make the nature, in which there distribution is different for each element they form. Under normal conditions the dosha, dhatu and malas correspond to certain standard regarding their quantity, quality and functions, however this situation is not static and due to several endogenous and exogenous factors the doshas may become imbalanced resulting in disease rogasthudoshavaishamyam, every disease is related to imbalance of doshas. Ayurveda will support specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in making the doshicbalance.For removing the toxins and cleansing the body the most effective panchakarma therapy is recommended