Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Ayurveda?
‘Ayurveda’ is made up of two words: ‘Ayuh’ and ‘Veda’. ‘Ayuh’ means life and ‘veda’ means knowledge or science. Thus Ayurveda means science of life. It incorporates all aspects of life whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social. What is beneficial and what is harmful to life, what is happy life and what is sorrowful life; all these four questions and life span allied issues are elaborately and emphatically discussed in Ayurveda. It believes the existence of soul before birth and after death too.
Q: What is the origin of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, the most ancient health care system originated with the origin of the universe. With the inception of human life on earth Ayurveda started being applied. The antique vedic texts scattered inferences of Ayurvedic Remedies and allied aspects of medicine and health. Atharva Veda mainly deals with extensive Ayurvedic information. That is why Ayurveda is said to be the off shoot of Atharva Veda.
Q: What is the Basic philosophy of health, disease and treatment in Ayurveda?
According to Ayurveda, ‘Health’ is a state of equilibrium of normal functions of doshas, Dhatus, malas, and Agni with a calm body, mind and soul. When all these are not in equilibrium and the balance is distorted, it results in diseases. This could be due to the lifestyle, diet, habits and too much intake of alcohol and caffeine. Treatment in Ayurveda is balancing all the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and specific rules of diet, activity and mental status which may include: specific herbs in form of powder, pills and tablets; herbal teas and decoctions.
Q: How is a diagnosis done in Ayurveda?
Diagnosis is done on two basis’. One is to establish the state and type of pathology according to the disease pattern and the other is to decide the mode of treatment to be applied by a qualified
Ayurvedic Physician. The diagnosis is based on physical examination such as inspection, palpation, percussion and oscultation. The second type of examination is done by assessing the strength and physical status of the individual. They are as following: Prakriti (body constitution), Saar (Tissue quality), Samhan (physique), Satva (Mental strength ), Satamya (specific adaptability), Aaharshkti (diet intake capacity), Vyayaam shalt (exercise capacity), and Vaya (age) is done. On the basis of this examination the individual is decided to be having Pravar bal (excellent strength0, Madhyam bal (moderate strength) or Heen bal (low strength).
Q: Is Ayurveda recognised by W.H.O (World Health Organisation)?
: About 20 years back, W.H.O adopted Traditional Medicine programme in conjunction with the goal of health for all with the adoption of primary health care approach. W.H.O has an open mind on traditional medicine. However, it endorses only that the therapy which has solid scientific evidence with non-toxicity. In view of this Ayurveda is duly recognised by W.H.O.
Q: How do I find a competent Ayurveda practitioner?
: An Ayurvedic doctor is a highly qualified practitioner having a BAMS (Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) or MD (Doctorate of Medicine) under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 is a recognized medical practitioner.
Q: What are the specialities and modes of treatments in Ayurveda?
: An Ayurvedic practitioner studies the following eight divisions; Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine), Shalya (Surgery), Shalkya (Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology), Kaumr Bhritya (Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Agad Tantra (Toxicology) Rasanayana (Gerentorology), Vaijikaran (Aphrodisiacs) and Bhoot Vidya (Psychiatry).
The principles of treatment are as following;
- Shodan (Purification)
- Shaman(Palliative & Conservative)
- Nidan Parivaran (Avoidance of causative & Precipitating factors of Diseases)
- Pathya Vyavastha(do’s & don’t regarding the diet & lifestyle)
Shodan therapy also includes Vamana (medically inducing Emesis), Virechana (giving or inducing by Laxatives).
Vasti (medicated Enemas), Shirovirechana (administration of Medicines through Nose) and Raktamokshan (Blood Letting). All these therapeutic procedures are known as Panchkarma.
Before starting Panchkarma Snehan (oleation) and Swedan (getting perspiration) are to be employed on the person.
Q: What are the main Classical text of Ayurveda?
: The main classical texts are written in Sanskrit. They are then translated in Hindi, English & other languages including Charak Samhita, Sushrut Samhita, Astang Hridaya, Madav Nidan, Kashyap Samhita, Bhavprakash & Bhaisajya Ratnavali.
All these texts are to be studied during the Ayurveda course & thus becoming a qualified Practitoner.
Q: Does Ayurvedic Medicine have plus point over Conventional Medicinal System & what is the scope of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda system is the holistic system of Medicine and helps in eradicating the Diseases from the root. It also help in Prevention of the Life-style diseases in comparision to Western Medical System. Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as the prevention of Life –style Diseases, degenerative diseases, auto-mmune diseases & certain allergic & metabolic disorders which are manageable with Ayurvedic principles of treatment.
Q: How many Institutons are in India promoting Ayurveda?
The authentic website of Central Council of India. It helps in explaining how huge is Ayurveda .
Q: How safe is Ayurvedic Medicine?
Ayurvedic Medicine is safe if its prescribed by a QUALIFIED Ayurvedic Doctor which is licensed to recommend the correct dose & duration of the herbs.These herbs are classical Ayurvedic herbs meant to treat certain diseases. They are in tablets, pills, powders, fermentation asavas, medicated oils & ghritas. Dried extract of plants in form of herbal teas & KSC. There are more then 600 species of medicinal plants which are used in Ayurveda.
Q: Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicine?
If not indicated by the attending Physician Ayurvedic Medicine can generally be taken along with allopathic medicines .Moreover Ayurvedic herbs are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in most of chronic & degenerative diseases.As such there is no harm to consume simple herb formulations of Ayurveda in form of powder & teas.
Q: Is there any regulation for selling & manufacturing Ayurvedic medicine?
Yes, in India there exists such regulation that the selling of herbs & manufacturing of Ayurvedic herbs should take license from State Drug Regulatory Body. In Australia its TGA REGULATION to sell any herbs. All qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner have TGA (Therpeutics Goods of Australia) recommendations.