Ayurveda which is the upaveda of Atharva veda deals about everything related to protection and sustenance of Life. It goes beyond prescribing remedies for ailments instead offers health in a holistic way not just at the physical level but even at a mental and spiritual level.
There are two main Aims of Ayurveda :
- Preserving the health of the healthy person.
- Curing the disease in a unhealthy person.
While we focus on both the aspects here at SDJ Ayurvedalaya, we have never seen any person satisfying the parameters of a healthy person as described by the scriptures and hence we focus on curing the disease or imbalance the person has and eventually make one reflect upon and practice the healthy habits as prescribed by Ayurveda to preserve the gained health.
Parameters or Markers of Health as Explained by Acharya Kashyapa
Desire for the intake of food , Proper and easy digestion of the ingested food, evacuation of faeces, urine & Flatus properly, lightness in the body, Pleasentness in sense organs, Proper timely sleep & awakening, gain of strength, life & pleasant mind & normal agni are the features of health & opposite state is illness.
The treatments offered in Ayurveda to bring equilibrium of doshas are of two types :
Shamanam is a palliative approach to suppress and bring the doshas to equilibrium with certain Ayurveda practices and medicines which does not mandate admissions and treatments. Palliative treatment or Shamana is that which does not expel the increased doshas out of the body but just supresses or palliates them
Shodhanam is remedial approach to cure the disease using the purificatory procedures called the Panchakarma. We at SDJ Ayurvedalaya are specialized in offering this type of Shodhana Chikitsa or Purificatory treatments for your ailments.
The five actions or procedures that expel the vitiated doshas out of the body is called Shodhanam and the 5 procedures/ actions are
- Niruha : Decoction enema.
- Vamana : Emesis , Vomiting therapy.
- Kayareka orVirechanam : Purgation therapy.
- Shiroreka or Shirovirechanam or Nasya : Purgation for the head, Nasal instillation of medicines.
- Asra-Visruti or Rakta Mokshana : Blood letting.
Vayu (Vata), Pitta and Kapha are the three dosas in brief; they destroy and support the body when they are abnormal and normal respectively.
The concepts of Dosha and Prakrithi are highly profound and it would be an injustice to corner them as Humors, Body type & Constitution.