Ayurveda: The Way to Healthy Life
Ayurveda is the ‘Forensic Science of India”. It is an important canto of ‘Rik’ Veda. Lord Dhanwantari is said to be the inventor of this Science of Life.
The ‘Magna Carta’, the main text ascribing the whole pathology and synthesis of human life is a compendium titled: “Ashtanga Hridaya”. It has eight voluminous cantos. As the human body has eight important organs, this great work has been divided into eight chapters that deal with the entire gamut of the transcendental knowledge of the secret of human life. As many might know, Ayurveda is a combination of two words joined together, Ayu + Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge in short means knowledge of life.
Apart from Ashtanga Hridaya, there are two more important texts known as Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita. While Charaka was the physician of par excellence in Ayurveda of yore, Susruta was the leading surgeon.
Ayurveda: The Life Energy
Initially, before the introduction of modern medicines, it was traditional Vaidyas who treated the patients of all diseases from palaces to huts. Later, experiments were made by efficient and experienced practitioners known as ‘Ashta Vaidyas’. They wrote down their inventions, findings and formulas in palm leaves. These later became a treasure house for the followers.
The Ayurveda diagnosis is mainly by touching the pulse of the patient, the facial expression, palpitation, rotation of the eye-ball, examination of the tongue, etc.
In olden days, before deforestation, snake bite was very common. Snakes were of deadly poisonous. Most of the ‘Vaidyas’, Ayurveda physicians were exponents in treating snake bites.
Kerala’s Traditional Medicine: Outlook
Sirovasti, Nasyam, purgation, perspiration, steaming etc. Were mainly the preliminary treatment meted out before starting the actual treatment.
Kashayam (decoction), Lehyam (elixir), Vatika (tablet), Bhasmam/choornam (powder), Ghritam (medicated ghee), Thailam (medicated oil) etc. Are forms of medicines.
Faced with a lot of resistance from the modern orthodoxies Ayurveda grew into a new height today. There are many followers, many leading medical colleges and hospitals, nursing homes, etc. For the promotion of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, the government of India has constituted “Ayush”, an independent body.
‘Kalaripayattu’, the martial art of Kerala, which is known to be the ancestor of any other martial art in the world like Karate and Kung Fu, starts with Ayurvedic body conditioning with oil massage.
Future of Ayurveda
Ayurveda has been recognized as an alternative system of treatment the world over.
The leading Ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala are Kottakkal Ayurveda Vaidya Sala, Vaidya Ratnam Thaikkat Moose Memorial Ayurveda hospital etc.
Kerala is well known for its special treatment of Ayurveda with its purity as per the palm tree prescriptions. Panchakarma, the special medicated oil massage of Kerala is very popular. Most of the tourists from overseas are attracted by its soothing effect undergo Panchakarma treatment.
In India BAMS is an Ayurvedic Medicine course which can be pursued after class 12. BAMS degree course is based on the traditional healing in India which is related to Ayurveda. The course duration is 5 and half year including 1-year internship. Yenepoya University in Mangalore offers BAMS course. For admission NEET Exam score is compulsory.