Ayurveda is made up of two words Ayu (life) and Veda (knowledge). So we can define Ayurveda as the science of life and holistic healing. And its purpose is to ensure the longevity and vibrancy (quality of life) of individuals.
Unlike other medical sciences that can be seen as illness-centric, Ayurveda is relevant even when there is no illness. To be precise, Ayurveda has two primary responsibilities:
- To promote healthy and holistic approach to life (Preventive Health Care)
- To cure rogis or sick people (Disease Management)
Preventive Health Care
Ayurveda emphasizes on measures aimed at promoting healthy living throughout one’s life.
According to Ayurveda, there should be a striking balance between three elemental energies namely Vatha, Kapha and Pitta. If all these energies are in synchronisation with each other, then a person would be healthy and the proof of good health would be the following indicators:
- Good Appetite
- Normal Bowel Movements
- Easy digestion of consumed Food Stuff
- Normal Urine Output
- Proper functioning of sense organs
- Normal passage of flatus or gas
- Feeling of lightness of body
To summarize, all impurities of the body are eliminated, and all sense organs, mind and soul of the body are in a balanced & pleasant state. This combination is defined as a ‘healthy human being’. Ayurveda is richly endowed with a holistic methodology to ensure that such a healthy human being remains healthy. We call this methodology Preventive Health Care.
Modern lifestyles pose a great threat to our bodies. Unhealthy eating habits and other vices, including smoking, drinking and unresolved stresses, have the potential to inject toxins into our bodies. This would, in turn, lead to an imbalance in the three elemental energies – Vatha, Kapha and Pitta. The final result: lack of ease in the body. In other words, the body experiences a disease.
Seen in this context, Disease Management is all about realigning these energies.
One way to do so is Panchkarma, a holistic treatment therapy that will remove the toxins accumulated in the body. Needless to say, the toxins cannot not be removed at one go – such a measure would create various complications in the body. So, like all good things in life, excellent health is re-attained in a slow and sure manner using Panchkarma.