Ayurveda FAQ (Frequently Asked Qustions)

Part I. The Healthcare system
1. What is Ayurveda?
2. Ayurveda is said to be eternal. Why?
3. What is the central principle of Ayurveda?
4. How is Ayurveda different from modern medicines?
5. What are the salient features of the Ayurveda Health care system?
6. In one sentence, what is the message of Ayurveda to the present-day human being?
7. What is the action plan of Ayurveda for a ‘toxin free body and electrical mind’?
8. Why is Ayurveda becoming more and more popular in the western world?
9. What is the contribution of Buddhism in Ayurveda?
10.What are the eight branches of Ayurveda?

Part II. Basic principles of Ayurveda

11.What is the Ayurvedic view of the organizational layout of the body?
12.What are the main pillars of the human organism, according to Ayurveda ? How are they related?
13.What is the relationship between the vital energy (Dosha), tissue (Dhathu) and impurities?
14.What is the tridosha theory? Why is the tridosha considered the central point around which the philosophy of Ayurveda is woven?
15.What is the effect of three doshas?

Part III. Ayurvedic healthcare products and procedures.

16.Are all Ayurvedic products of natural origin?
17.Which are the authentic texts on which these health care products are based?
18.What are the popular pharmaceutical forms of Ayurvedic medicines?
19.What are the diseases for which treatment is available in Ayurveda?
20.What is the importance of Ayurvedic procedures?
21.What is Panchakarma?
22.How is Panchakarma therapy performed ?
23.What is the Ayurvedic view of skin and hair care ?

1.What is Ayurveda ?

Ayurveda is the ancient healthcare system of India, based on the eternal principles of healthy life.

Ayur in Sanskrit means 'life' or 'daily living' and veda means 'science'. Ayurveda is the name given to the science of life and longevity, which is a vast body of invaluable knowledge with eight branches. (For more information on what is ayurveda and myths about ayurveda: ayurveda)

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2.Ayurveda is said to be eternal. Why ?

Ayurveda is the collection of principles of healthy living that evolved from the time of the appearance of man on earth. It is not liable to change at any time or at any point of the world.

This healing system has been practiced in daily living in India for more than 5000 years.

Ayurveda, first recorded in the Vedas, the world’s oldest collection of knowledge, is still the most favored healthcare practice of millions of Indians.

A system older than Greek and Egyptian medicine, it is now known to the wider world as a New Age medicine, proving its eternal significance.

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3.What is the central principle of Ayurveda ?

The central principle of Ayurvedic science is that each human being is unique, having a distinct individual constitution, genetic inheritance and predisposition to certain diseases.

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4.How is it different from modern medicine ?

Modern medicine tries to treat and remove symptoms rather than treating the patient suffering from it. This stems from the view that all people are more or less the same.

Ayurveda makes special contributions by addressing the uniqueness of each patient and by helping each body to heal itself.

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5.What are the salient features of Ayurveda Health care system ?

Ayurvedic healthcare system has perfected efficient methods and herbal preparations to keep the physical, mental and emotional health of a person in its prime throughout life.

It is contrary to the current practice of seeking treatment when a disease strikes or waiting to get medical help till symptoms manifest.

It is a mind and body health care system evolved to help human beings get the maximum out of their lives in a perfectly natural and healthy way.

Ayurveda instills in you a view of life that is holistic and congenial to enjoy the pleasures of life in a sustainable way. This can be achieved without disturbing the rhythm of your life.

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6.In one sentence what is the message of Ayurveda to present day human being ?

A nontoxic body fortified with natural and herbal nourishments is the abode of a creative mind, and indomitable spirit.

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7.What is the action plan of Ayurveda for a ‘toxin free body and electrified mind’ ?

Ayurveda can indeed be called an ancient health care system devised for the fast-paced and stressful modern life.

This system is a stress reliever and immunity builder. Ayurveda approaches the problem from different angles.

Panchakarma (Five cleansing procedures) and Ayurvedic massages are effective in flushing out toxins already in the body and internal systems down to the last cell. The body is tuned up by massage, oil bath and other procedures.

Herbal food supplements and health care products build up the immunity system in a natural way.

There are specific drugs to strengthen each system of the body, and arrest aging process Ayurveda prevents toxins entering into the body by making people keep a watch on their food habits and food.

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8.Why is Ayurveda becoming more and more popular in the western world ?

Ayurvedic science though ancient, could not be more relevant to today’s medical challenges and needs.

In fact along with Buddhism it is one of the fastest growing belief system in the West. In ancient India, Buddhism enriched the Ayurvedic system and took it to the masses.

Ayurveda is becoming so popular because it complements western medicine and Ayurveda understands how and why we become ill.

It can offer effective treatment for many conditions for which conventional medicine has not found cure.

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9.What is the contribution of Buddhism in Ayurveda ?

Though Ayurveda is of vedic origin, and dates back to 5000 years, Buddhist contribution to this system of health science is invaluable.

Along with propagation of education Buddhist monks paid keen attention to health care education. They popularized herbal medicine and Ayurveda benefited tremendously from it.

Buddhist contribution is clearly visible in Kerala where the most authentic form of Ayurveda is being practiced now.

It could be said that many of the present day Ayurvedic practitioners are descendents of early day Buddhists.

Similar to the Buddhist doctrine of the ‘middle path’, Ayurveda also advocates moderation in all things. Like the ‘eight fold path’ – eight basic tenants of Buddhism, Ayurveda also has rules for healthy living.

Ayurveda advises us to resist negative thoughts, abstain from physical abuse, not to give into greed, not to give into sorrow, resist fear, shun pride, arrogance and ego.

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10.What are the eight branches of Ayurveda ?

1). Internal medicine (Kaya chikilsa)
2) Pediatrics and gynecology (Balaroga Chikilsa)
3) Surgery (Shalya Chikilsa)
4) E.N.T- ear,nose and throat surgery (Shalakya Chikilsa)
5)Toxicology (Agadatantra)
6) Rejuvanation ((Rasyana)
7) Study of sexual function and reproduction (Vajikarana chikilsa)
8) Psychiatry (Manasroga chikilsa)

Notice how pediatrics and geriatrics were given important place in healthcare even in those early days of history.

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IMPORTANT: all of the above is only for information purposes and not intended as a guidline for anytype of therapy. The actual practice of ayurvedic therapy may vary in different clinics. If you are interested in getting ayurvedic treatment, you should get in contact with a well qualified, reputed and well-experienced (preferably several years) ayurvedic physician for more information. For a free consultation, you can contact us, and we will be more than happy to answer your needs.

DISCLAIMER: all of the above is written in the author's views and opinions and may or may not represent the views of this clinic. However, all material is written in good faith and the intent is for informative purposes.