Ayurvedic Medicine is based on a profound and holistic understanding of the human being. It is one of the oldest medical systems in practice today.
The aim of Ayurveda is to ensure a long, happy, healthy and fullfilled life.
In Ayurveda, understanding a disease is based on 3 main functional patterns or Doshas, that are present in nature and also in our bodies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The Doshas directly relate to the five great elements of Pritvi (Earth), Ap (Water), Tejas (Fire), Vayu (Air) and Akasha (Ether), that exist in every life form and within every material manifestation.
समदोष: समाग्निश्च समधातुमलक्रिय:|
प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमना: स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते||४१||
Samadosha samaagnishcha samadhatu mala kriyaaha prasanna
atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhideeyate.
An Individual who maintains a balanced state in the physiological processes and constituent parts of the body (Dosha and Dhatu), adequate digestion (Agni), proper excretion (Mala Kriya), a blissful condition of the soul (Atma), satisfied senses (Indriya) and a happy state of mind (Manas), is called a Swasthya or Healthy Person.
विकारो धातुवैषम्यम्, साम्यम् प्रक्रुतिरुच्यते|
सुखसञ्ज्नकमारोग्यम्, विकारो दु:खमेव च||४||
Vikarodhatuvaishamayam, samyam prakrutiruchyate,
sukhsangyakamarogyam, vikarodhukmeva cha.
Any disturbance in the equilibrium of Dhatus (Tridosha , Body Tissues and Waste Products) is known as Disease. The state of their equilibrium is Health. Happiness indicates Health and pain indicates Disease.
प्रयोजनम् चास्य स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्यरक्षणमातुरस्य विकारप्रशमनञ्च |
Prayojanam chasya svasthasya
svasthyarakshanam aturasya vikaraprashamanam.
The utility of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy individual and heal the disease of the sick.