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About Science of Life: Ayurveda

Written by
Dr. Raman Kaushik
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Oct 24, 2016 and last reviewed on Jan 22, 2019   -  1 min read



Ayu means life or longevity and Veda means science or knowledge. It is combinedly known as Ayurveda, that is the science of life or longevity.

About Science of Life: Ayurveda

Ayurveda is one of the ancient systems of traditional medicine. The principles of Ayurveda are to maintain the health of a healthy individual and to alleviate disease in an ill person.

Specialties of Ayurveda:

Some of the specialties of ayurveda to live a healthy life are,

  1. Dinacharya (daily regime).
  2. Ritucharya (seasonal regime).
  3. Sadvritta (conducts and behavior).
  4. Ahara vidhi niyama that is dietary rules, compatible diets, etc.

Development of Disease:

In Ayurveda, an imbalance between three doshas (humors) that is vata, pitta, and kapha is described as the main factor in the development of any disease.

There are seven dhatus (tissue or cells) in the human body. These are,

  1. Rasa (plasma).
  2. Rakta (blood cells).
  3. Mamsa (muscle).
  4. Meda (fat).
  5. Asthi (bone).
  6. Majja (bone marrow).
  7. Shukra (sperm and ovum).

Vitiation of doshasaffects different dhatus in the body and causes various diseases. For example, vitiation of vata dosha due to various factors leads to disorders of asthidhatu like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, etc.

Ayurveda Treatment:

  • In Ayurveda, the approach of different medicines and other treatment modalities is individualistic. Thus ayurvedic management of diseases is according to the person and not with the disease.
  • Consideration of different factors like Prakriti (temperament or constitution or nature), Vaya (age), Bala (strength), Kala (time), etc., makes ayurveda very individually focused system of medicine.
  • Use of different herbs and herbo-mineral formulations indicated in different diseased conditions are described in various ayurvedic classical texts.

Panchakarmas are the specialized five chief treatment procedures in ayurveda which maintain homeostasis within the body and perform detoxification and rejuvenation. Specialized ayurveda therapies like Kati Vasti, Greeva Vasti, Patra Pinda Swedana, and Shirodhara are meant for different musculoskeletal and neurological diseases.

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Last reviewed at:
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