Ayurveda, is the Traditional Hindu System of Medicine Which is Based on Customs, Beliefs, and Practices of the Hindu Culture
Ayurveda means "the science of Life": veda - science, ayur – life.
The Science of Life, is a comprehensive medical system that has been the traditional system of healthcare in India for more than 5000 years. This medical system was well established around 2500 to 600 BC, when it evolved into 2 schools: the School of Physicians and the School of Surgeons, similar to allopathy.
Around 600 BC. Ayurveda was branched into internal medicine; pediatrics; psychiatry; surgery; eye, ear, nose, and throat; toxicology; geriatrics; and eugenics/aphrodisiacs.
In the pre-biblical Ayurvedic origins, every creation inclusive of a human being is a model of the universe. In this model, the basic matter and the dynamic forces (Dosha) of the nature determine health and disease, and the medicinal value of any substance (plant and mineral).
The body is composed of 3 body doshas, 3 mental doshas, 7 dhatus, and malas. The harmony among the body doshas of vata (nervous system), pitta (enzymes), and kapha (mucus) and the gunas, or mental doshas (which are human attributes: satogun [godly], rajas [kingly], and tamas [evil]), constitutes health, and their disharmony constitutes disease.
The management of illness requires balancing the doshas back into a harmonious state through lifestyle interventions, spiritual nurturing, and treatment with herbo-mineral formulas based on one's mental and bodily constitution.
Source: Pubmed.gov National Library of Medicine
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Nearly half the US populations turns to complementary, alternative and integrative practices to maintain or improve their health. UCSF's Dr. Sudha Prathikanti explores Ayurvedic medicine, ancient wisdom for modern times, which aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. Series: "UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public" [12/2007] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 13107]