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What is ayurveda?

What are the basic principles of ayurveda?

What is Ashtaang (Eight fold description) ayurveda?

What are the doshas and dhatus?

What is the role of doshas?

What is prakriti vikriti or physio-pathological basics of ayurveda?

Why did the surgery of ayurveda destroyed?

What are the main classifications of ayurvedic medicines? Are there side effects of ayurvedic medicines?

What are the pharmacological actions of the herbs? How do the herbs and other ayurvedic medicines act on the body?

What is the reason behind very large number of medicines in ayurveda?

Are there anti-biotic, antacids and other type of medicines present in ayurveda?

What is panchakarma? What are snehan, swedan, and other procedures of panchakarma?

What is Ayurveda Massage?

What is yoga it's uses useful and the history of yoga?

Why is ayurveda not having severe side effects as modern medicines have?

How is ayurveda different from herbal?

How are ayurveda, Indian cuisine and home remedies correlated?

What is ayurveda?

 

Answer- Ayurveda is the oldest traditional medicine system of the world that developed in India. It is deemed to be the fifth Veda (there are 4 Vedas that are the sources of Indian intellectual and spiritual texts). It is said to be 5000 to 3000 years old but the oldest documented references about ayurveda are about 3000 years old as per the referential evidence found in different text of that times and 1700 to 1100 years as per the text references.

This system of medicine is based upon the use of herbs and other natural drugs. The basic principles of the ayurveda are dependent up on the balance of basic entities found in the body and mind. The drugs are used to maintain homeostasis of the basic entities either by eliminating the causing factors/impurities of by suppressing them at the beginning. The ayurveda contains all aspects of medicines like the psychiatric practices, surgery, medicine, as well as its unique panchakarma therapy. Read More..

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What are the basic principles of ayurveda?

Answer- Ayurveda believes in the five elemental constituency of the world and the body is also made of the five elements i.e. air, water, fire, earth and space. The human body is also made up of the dosha, dhatu mala that are made up of these five elements and the constituents of the body; the doshas, dhatu, mala, are all made up of these five elements. The imbalance in the doshas and other substances are the causes of the diseases according to ayurveda due to various reasons they are internal as well as external also. The ayurveda line of treatment depends upon the dosha and uses of the relevant medicines that are acting on the doshas, dhatus and are commonly having the properties that are opposite to the causing agents or the related doshas. In this way the basic line of treatment of ayurveda is dosha dependent. The basic principles of dosha, dhatu and their amalgamated responses causing various diseases and symptoms of diseases are described in the pathology related segments of ayurveda related text. Read More..

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What is Ashtaang (Eight fold description) ayurveda?

Answer-The ayurveda system of medicine is divided into following eight branches. Shalya (surgery), Shalakya (ENT), Bhootvidya (Psychiatric), Kaumaarbhritya (Pediatrics), Rasayana (immunity development and preventive medication), Vaazikzrzn (aphrodisiacs), Agad Tantra (Toxicology) and Stri Prasooti (Obstetrics & Gynecology). There are specific texts written on these segments in ayurveda. Read More..

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What are the doshas and dhatus?

Answer- The dosha and dhatu are described in ayurveda as building blocks of the human body. The doshas are abstract phenomenon and cannot be described as the modern medicine describes the bodily constituencies. There are three doshas described in ayurveda. The vata dosha is described as the circulatory and conducting in nature. It resembles the neurological and circulatory system of the body. The pitta dosha has similar functions as of the metabolic regimes, and the kafa dosha can be taken as nutritional deposits and regimes that are similar to fat and other similar materials. There are seven dhatus in ayurveda. They are rasa (similar to digestive juice), rakta (blood), maansa (flesh), meda (fat), ashti (bones), majja (marrow), and shukra (semen). In female another aartav (menstrual cycle dependent substances) is also included. These dhatus and doshas are basics of the human physiology as per ayurveda. Read More..

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What is the role of doshas?

Answer-The pathology of ayurveda is dependent upon the doshas. The diseases caused are dependent upon the dosha and dhatu involvement. The doshas are subject to the diseases specific symptoms as well as they tend to develop the prognosis of diseases. The major involvement dosha and dhatu are treated by the ayurvedic procedures and medicines. The drug of choice is dependent upon the dosha involvement. That is why the doshas are most important in ayurveda. Read More..

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What is prakriti vikriti or physio-pathological basics of ayurveda?

Answer-The prakriti and vikriti are Sanskrit terms that are meaning nature and denatured state respectively. The prakriti is just opposite to vikriti. The dosha and dhatu involvement in ayurveda are the basic of pathological developments in ayurveda the prakriti can be termed as the natural state of human physiology and contrary to it the vikriti is the pathological developments that lead to cause diseases. The aggravated or reduced doshas, dhatus and other substances are basically physiological active components of human body that lead to pathological interruptions.

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Why did the surgery of ayurveda destroyed?

Answer-The surgery of ayurveda cant flourished because of the Buddhism influence and cultural invasions that presented ahimsa as a virtue and use of instruments to cut the human body was taken as sin. This created an opposing environment for the surgery and its masters. This era ranges between the Buddhism influence and developed at its peak at the time of king Ashoka and His followers. The decoration of surgery made several changes and the antibiotic type of medicines didn’t flourished and developed. This also led to the development of mineral preparations.

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What are the main classifications of ayurvedic medicines? Are there side effects of ayurvedic medicines?

Answer- The ayurveda medicines are classified into different categories as per the usages, their sources, preparation methods and the properties. Commonly they are divided into herbal and mineral based. Further this can be more subdivided into several groups like herbal are divided into herbs, shrubs, trees, and climbers. The minerals are classified into metallic and nonmetallic categories. Adding more to it the animal preparation is also there. These are derived from the animals. Apart from this ayurveda defines the medicines as divinely, humanly, and demon. This means the spiritual ways of treatment, the medicine based treatments and the surgery based treatments. Like this the medicines are classified. Comparing it with the modern pharmacy the ayurveda text are having more then 1800 action words that are supposed to have meaning of specific pharmacological effects described in the ayurveda related text. They also classify the medicines in more then 1200 types upon the basis their specific functions.

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What are the pharmacological actions of the herbs? How do the herbs and other ayurvedic medicines act on the body?

Answer-The basic principle of ayurveda related pharmacology states that the medicines performs on the basis of rasa, guna, veerya, vipaak, and prabhava. These are basic properties of the herbs and they act on this basis. Commonly we can term as potency of the particular drug. The pharmacological action of ayurvedic herbs cannot be tested as per the modern techniques because the way of the action of the herbs on the human physiology is not discovered but the effects of the herbs are seen. Now days some herbs and their route of pharmacological action is been proved by modern medicines but there is a long way to go. The side effects of ayurvedic medicines are definitely there but they are mild in nature because they are containing natural chemicals. That’s why the side effects are not acute in nature.

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What is the reason behind very large number of medicines in ayurveda?

Answer- The ayurveda works on the symptomatic aspects of individual and his bodily constituencies. There are very large numbers of medicines that are to be used for the treatment of a patient. The various diagnosis methods termed as pareeksha (tests) are the basics to under stand the position of the all the causes of diseases in-patient. Then accordingly the drugs and medicines are decided. The medicines suitable for a person may not be suitable for other person so there are so large numbers of medicines. This can be understood by the fact that only madan phala is having 133 different combinations. This way the drug of choice in ayurveda is not based upon the symptoms that are disease specific but are decided upon the symptoms that are individual patient specific. That’s why very large number of combinations is used. Read More..

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Are there anti-biotic, antacids and other type of medicines present in ayurveda?

Answer-There is certain medicines described in the ayurveda descriptions related with the diseases that are used as antibiotic antacids and other type of medicines. The use of various medicines for treating the leprosy gives us an idea that the herms and other medicines are having effects as the antibiotics do. In the same way other medicines are there which are having the effects like the other medicines have. These medicines can be categorized accordingly in several classes. Read More..

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What is panchakarma? What are snehan, swedan, and other procedures of panchakarma?

Answer-The specialty treatment of ayurveda is panchakarma. This is five-fold therapy for treating all aliments as well as improving the immunity of the body. The panchakarma involves the following five procedures- Vaman, Virechan, Anuvasan, Asthapan, and Nasya. According to Sushrut the Anuvasan and Asthapan are combined in to basti and raktamokshan is added as one more procedure. These all procedures are performed after doing the pre-procedures like snehan swedan and post procedures that are mainly the dietary management by using specific diets prepared by adding different herbs. The different diet preparations like Yavagu, Vilepi, and Yusha Dhumapaan. The panchakarma is the basic procedure used in the ayurvedic spas and resorts. Read More..

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What is Ayurveda Massage?

Answer-The massage in ayurveda is described as Abhyanga. The panchakarma treatment is dependent upon the massage as it is used as pre-procedure. There are various medicinal decoctions and oils that are used for massage in ayurveda. Now days there are various forms of ayurvedic massages designed specifically for spas and resorts. The massage is having various benefits that are described in the ayurveda related classical texts. Read More..

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What is yoga it's uses useful and the history of yoga?

Answer-Yoga is ancient Indian science that is based upon the anatomy and physiology of ayurveda as its basics and the objective of yoga is both physical and spiritual. Yoga can be supposed to be the ancient Indian physiotherapy that is having acupressure, ayurveda, and abstract sciences combined to impart multidimensional uplift to individual. There are several postures and practices described in Yoga that are supposed to impart specific results. These postures called asana are such developed that they produce certain anatomical and physiological sensation internally that stimulates various organs and systems. Yoga is very much useful. It can be used as preventive adaptation as well as treatment for various diseases. Read More..

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Why is ayurveda not having severe side effects as modern medicines have?

Answer- The ayurveda medicines don’t have severe and irrecoverable side effects because crude and natural drugs that are found in nature prepare all ayurvedic medicines. Specific processes are defined in ayurveda to purify all ayurvedic medicines. These processes also involve the natural drugs so; there are no acute chemical substances left in the ayurvedic medicines that can cause severe chemical effects. However the improper use of the ayurvedic medicines can also produce some side effects but they can be very easily controlled. The use of natural chemicals is responsible for the delayed cure imparted to the patients while treating them through ayurveda system of medicines.

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How is ayurveda different from herbal?

Answer-The Ayurveda system of medicine is not confined only with the herbs related medicines. It also contains mineral based preparations. The herbal system is a part of the medicines that are described in ayurveda and other system of medicines using only vegetative preparations. The ayurveda system includes different minerals and other toxic substances as medicines. The herbal system is having only medicine part and ayurveda is having several subdivisions including the surgical procedures.

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How are ayurveda, Indian cuisine and home remedies correlated?

Answer-One of the special feature of ayurveda system of medicine is the dietary management of different diseases. There are different dietary preparations described as complementary to the medication for diseases. The specific herb based preparations are used for specific diseases. We can easily found all the food preparations in the ayurveda related text that are the primitive form of various food preparations from Indian cuisine. The squash like preparations as well as the snacks like Kachori and sweet preparations are described in the ayurveda texts. The non-veg variety of Indian cuisine also developed from the ayurveda dietary preparations. Different non-veg preparations are described in the ayurveda related text. These includes all the variety like roasted dried and boiled nonveg preparations. This way all of the Indian cuisine are developed from the ayurveda dietary preparations as the cooked rice as well as the ‘dal’ (Indian cereal preparation) type preparations are described therein. Read More..

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