Ayurveda in India

The Science of Life – Ayurveda is a holistic system of medical science and is the oldest healing science, which is almost 5000 years old. This system of medicine was shaped in the ancient lands of India. Hindu Vedas consider Ayurveda as a gift of Gods to mankind which was communicated to the saints and sages of India through deep meditation. Veda Vyasa, one of the greatest sages of India is considered to have written the Vedas for the first time. These Vedas have topics on health and the use of various herbs to cure the diseases. The four main Vedas are Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Veda (Ayurveda which means The Science of Life is a subsection of the Atharva Veda). In the beginning, only Brahmins learnt the principle of healing and were considered as physicians. However, with time, this changed and people from other castes also learned this art of healing and the specific term Vaidya was brought into use for these practitioners.

Around 1500 B.C. the use of Ayurveda increased for treating various diseases and it was divided into eight specific branches of medicine. In addition Atreya – the school of physicians and Dhanvantri – the school of surgeons originated. The Chinese, Tibetans, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Afghanistanis, and Persians came to India to learn Ayurvedic principles of healing and treatment. Ayurvedic texts were translated in Arabic and these were used by physicians such as Avicenna and Razi Sempion, to establish Islamic medicine. Besides this, Ayurveda became popular in Europe as well and it formed the foundation of the European tradition in medicine.

Paracelsus, the father of modem Western medicine (1600 AD) has also adopted from Ayurveda (in the system of medicine that he practiced). In the past few centuries, Ayurveda went through a period of decline in India (specifically during the period of British rule). During this period, it became the second option for treatment used mostly by traditional spiritual practitioners and the poor. After independence, Ayurveda started to gain importance again and several schools have been established since then.

Ayurveda is based on the fundamental principle that to prevent and treat illness, maintaining a balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper drinking, diet, and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies, is essential. Even today, Ayurvedic medicine maintains its holistic approach to health and treatment of diseases. The branches of modern Ayurveda include: Principles of preventive healthcare for the entire family (kulam svastyam kutumbakam); Treatment of addictions (sangakara chikitsa); Purification and rejuvenation treatments (panchakarma chikitsa); The ayurvedic approach to diet and weight loss (sthaulya chikitsa); Musculoskeletal system treatments (vatavyadhi chikitsa); Promotion of self-healing and resistance to disease (svabhaavoparamavaada); Male and female infertility (vajikarana); Beauty and cosmetic treatments for men and women (saundarya sadhana).

Since the mid 70’s the popularity of Ayurveda has steadily increased in the developed nations (USA and Europe). In these countries it is included in the alternative and complementary therapies and is often used along with conventional (prescription) medications for treatment of chronic illness such as joint problems and skin problems (which is also advocated by the World Health Organization – WHO). People from these developed countries have been coming to Ayurvedic schools to learn its principles of healing and treatment.

Manual therapy Sushiveda

Sushiveda healing technique (one segment of Tibetan medicine – Sowa Rigpa) is a popular practice in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and Siberia. The Ayurvedic influence reached Tibet in the 3rd century, but it became popular only after in the 7th century with the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. Most of the theory and practice of Sowa-Rigpa is similar to Ayurveda. In India, this system is practiced in the countries of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling (West Bengal), Dharamsala, Lahaul and Spiti  (Himachal Pradesh) and Ladakh region Jammu & Kashmir.

Physical therapies are conducted on basis of the holistic approach, paying special attention to changing diet and lifestyle habits, fasting, guided exercises, magnetic therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, inhalation and vacuum therapy, medicinal herbs etc. The therapeutic program of naturopathy Sushiveda is successful in chronic, allergic and autoimmune disorders; it reduces headaches and insomnia, pain in the pelvic region, and affects the lower and upper limbs; it is efficient in postoperative conditions (heart attack or stroke, acute myocardial infarction); it has beneficial effects on emotional stability, productivity. Sushiveda acupuncture uses very thin needles, for single use. The needle enters the body painlessly and the therapeutic program additionally involves the process of moxibustion or thermo acupuncture – the burning of processed artemisia grass, the so-called “Moksha”.

The program initiates body energy – blood flow for maintaining energy-health in a stable balance. The success of this program depends on many factors, primarily on time, or how long “health” or problems exist, whether the client has so far been treated and how, whether the problem is chronic, acute, degenerative or physical. The experience of the treatment is individual, as well as the expected results. The result depends on how long the problem is present, the lifestyle and the general psycho-physical condition of a person. This program monitors the results of each client and never gives false hope. The client is never advised to ignore the treatment recommended by their specialist doctor. Through the program, you can improve the quality of your life and bring peace to your soul step by step.

While Ayurvedic medicine focuses on the knowledge/state of the body juices the Tridoshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha, in Tibetan medicine we focus on three types of fluids in the body: Mucus, Bile and Air. The type-condition of Air is the type that smiles a lot and is quite pleased, but quarrels often; they prefer bitter, sour and warm dishes; thereby they provoke gastrointestinal diseases and pains in the area of heart, nose and throat. The type-condition of Bile feels full after a small amount of food eaten, but very soon they become hungry and thirsty again; they love sweet and bitter food; thereby they provoke stomach, intestine, heart, liver and skin diseases. The type-condition of Mucus prefers sour food and has a good appetite; they are noble but at the same time not forgiving; thereby they provoke problems in the chest, digestive tract, oral cavity, head and joints.

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Join the Dr. Gupta partners, and get an opportunity to grow your service by reaching an engaged community Ayurveda world-wide. Let’s get connected and build great services together! The primary instincts and goal of Ayurveda Life (According to Charaka): (1) Pranaishana: Instinct for survival. This is the most primitive but very important nature as all the aims of life can be fulfilled only if one is alive and well. (2) Dhanaishana: Desire for acquiring wealth. By acquiring wealth, we not only enjoy our self but can help others to a great extent. (3) Paralokaishana: Desire for leading a good religious and respectable life on earth as well as in next life. Other opinions (Dr. Gupta): (1) Yogindranatha accepts Mokshaishana only as an alternative because he opines that the treatise is considered with the activities of the bodily life. (2) Bhela says Dharmaisana instead of Paralokaisana because dharma is the means for improving Paraloka and also for Moksha. (3) In Upanishads, the three basic desires are Putraisana, Lokaisana and Vittaisana. The former two represents the desire for extending life in this world and here after.

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