In general, we ordinarily believe that Ayurveda is about leaves, bushes and herbs but, it is not so. India got its culture and tradition from Vedas and Puranas. Vedas talk about dhyan, yog, music, dance and health. The health chapter is described in “Upved” of “Atharvaveda” and is called as Ayurveda.
According to Vedas and Puranas, Lord Brahma ji is said to be the originator of Ayurveda and Lord Dhanwantri which is said to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is believed to have brought this science to earth.
In Ayurvedic shastra, detailed explanations are given from body ailment to healing. These explanations are given in Sanskrit language, which are difficult to understand for a layman. But, here I would try to help you learn Ayurveda step by step as per requirement of modern times. In the present fast life we all have shortage of time and need no extra knowledge except medicines – for ailment, so we will talk about only why a particular disease occurs, its abstinence, classical medicines which are easy to avail, plus some herbs for those who cannot afford classical medicines. In Ayurveda, medicines will not work without abstinence, which is the base for recovery.
According to Ayurveda there are three types of ailments i.e seasonal ailments, ailments caused by natural calamities and ailments caused by wrong eating practices. Ayurveda completely explains these ailments and their treatment. Ayurveda says to keep body healthy, we should understand the seasons created by nature, eat and wear accordingly to avoid any ailment, enjoy seasonal fruits, vegetables, delicacies to be healthy otherwise going against season will harm our body and mind.
Ayurveda speaks of non-combination of food items which turns to poison in body and harms us. It says we should understand our body and aatma (soul) that what it says to eat in particular season. We should follow disciplined life to remain in good health.
Ayurveda, not only talks about healing, but speaks about knowing your body i.e. “Ayush”. God has given us such a beautiful body and taking care of it is the main reason of Ayurveda coming into existence.
The word “Ayurveda” is a combination of two sanskrit words – “Ayur” (meaning life) and “Veda” (meaning knowledge). Ayurveda deals with, health, day to day life and longevity. The sole purpose of Ayurveda is to maintain health of healthy person and heal unhealthy person.
According to ayurveda, human body is made up of five elements i.e. air, water, space, fire and earth. These five elements are present in three combinations namely “Vata“, “Pitta” and “Kapha” and are also called as “Doshas“. Vata is the combination of two elements – Air and Space. Pitta is the combination of Fire and Water elements. Kapha is the combination of Water and Earth.
All these three doshas are essential for our body. As each doshas has a specific set of functions for our body, no particular doshas is better than the other. A proper balance of all the three doshas is needed for the proper functioning of the human body. Any imbalance of the three doshas leads to disturb the proper functioning of the body in one way or another.