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What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the traditional medical system of India. The origin of Ayurveda can be dated back to early Vedic period. It has remedies to all kinds of ailments which were discovered even centuries after its emergence. This makes Ayurveda more popular and relevant even now. The treatments were prescribed by sages who had deep knowledge of the human body and its systems. Natural mixes are used for treatment. Medicinal herbs and extracts are used in different proportions as prescribed in the ancient texts to make different oils, pastes, tablets, capsules, tonics etc.
Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system; it is a science and an art of appropriate living, which helps to achieve longevity. It can guide every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to restore balance in the body, mind and consciousness, thus preventing disease from gaining a foothold in the system.
According to Ayurveda, every human being is a unique phenomenon (manifested by the five basic elements - ether, air, fire, water and earth) of cosmic consciousness. Vata (ether plus air), pitha (fire plus water) and kabha (water plus earth) are called the tridosha, meaning the three humors or the three organizations of the body, which are also derived from consciousness. The balance of Vata-pitha-kabha is the natural order, thus when this balance is disturbed, it creates disorder. Order is health and disorder disease. Within the body there is a constant interaction between order and disorder, thus once one understands the nature and structure of disorder, one can re-establish order.
In early days, the knowledge of medicinal herbs, its uses and treatment techniques were passed on from generation to generation of Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor) families. Now there are Ayurvedic Medical Colleges and research centers, which impart advanced training.
Ayurveda has stood the test of time and is becoming more and more popular.