Ayurveda India

Ayurveda is popularly known as the ‘science of life’. It is the practice that heals, but naturally. It provides long-lasting treatment and works through a systematic, wholesome and holistic medical system. Around 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda was present in the written form in India and till date, is one of India’s greatest gifts to the whole world. The great saint Veda Vyasa, the narrator of the Mahabharata and an avatar of Lord Vishnu himself is believed to have written the entire knowledge of Ayurveda into the Vedas.

The first veda, the Rig Veda is considered to be completely upon cosmology – which is the base of Ayurveda and Yoga. It contains verses of health and diseases, principles of treatment, types of sufferings and so on.

Some unique features of Ayurveda are

1. Panchkarma – this practice deals with the restoration of youth with the help of medical oils. It helps in the rejuvenation of skin and helps in making the body and skin feel young relaxed. It doesn’t cause any side-effects such as dark skin, patchy skin, dark circles and so on. It is practiced in many centres across India and is hugely successful. The body is even internally purified.

2. Abhyangam – this practice is a general massage. The person is seated on a special wooden plank for the massage and two masseurs apply herbal oil on all parts of the body such as hands, ears, face, shoulders, chest and back. This relaxes all the muscles of the body and improves eyesight and increase longevity.

3. Mavarakizhi – This practice can be described as the art of massaging the body with small linen bags which are filled with cooked Navara rice. This rice is generally cooked in the milk of a cow. These bags are then dipped into a special herbal mixture and are applied all over the body of the patient. After the body is wiped, this medicated oil is applied again and this treatment is excellent for the replenishment of skin cells and makes one look fresher and younger.

4. Dhara – this is the practice of slowly dripping oil over a person’s forehead with the use of a special apparatus. The oil is then dried with a towel and applied again on the head. A similar treatment can also be done to any part of the body. This helps in soothing tension and the patient feels free of stress and pain.

First of all, Ayurveda is important because it is an ancient science that has now been preserved for more than 5000 years. It is practically the knowledge of one of our greatest ancestors ever, Guru Veda Vyasa. Apart from that, in today’s day, it integrates the body, mind and spirit rather than focuses on the treatment of the affected part of our body. It is very safe and is the best example of natural healing. It is proof of the fact that even non-material pains such as stress and tension can be cured easily. It is preventive and protective and is a science that all Indians at least should be extremely proud of.

 

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I am a student of the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG). Apart from acting like I am busy at college day, I actually manage to do some work as the Editor of www.dfuse.in, a youth-oriented e-magazine. I enjoy reading though I wish I wasn't so addicted to my laptop!

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