AN AYURVEDA VIEW ON 'HEALTH'
" The greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you."
Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine has its roots back to around 5000 years. The word Ayurveda means 'the knowledge of life'. Ancient Ayurveda texts prescribe the way of life and how it should be lived, detailing all its aspects.
According to Ayurveda, a healthy person is called "SWASTHYA" and will have the following characteristics:
* A perfect balance of 3 humors/tridoshas ( vata, pitta & kapha), saptha dathus ( rasa, rakta, mamsa, medas, asthi, majja & sukra) and the digestive fire (Agni)
* Good metabolism.
* A blissful state of body, mind and soul.
WHO, in 1948, defined health in the preamble of its constitution which closely resembles the ayurvedic view of health.
'health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity '.
The principal objectives of Ayurveda can be broadly classified into two ideologies.
1. Swasthasya swaasthya rakshanam:
The well being of the healthy. In this section, Ayurveda lists out the day to day lifestyle of the healthy individual with intricate details. Following these will help one to maintain both physical and mental well being. The daily regimen, (day and night), and regimens according to the season are clearly explained.
2. Athurasya vikara prasamanam :
Curing the unwell. This section describes the herbal medicines and therapies which include panchakarma treatments that help to eradicate ailments and restore your health.
An efficient physiological system of the body can only be achieved by smooth functioning of the tridoshas. The equilibrium of these leads to a healthy life. Health is a fundamental human right and Ayurveda helps you to achieve a good state of mind, body, and soul.
Lifestyle is what determines the health of a human being which makes it the most important factor in all our lives. Lifestyles can bring both good health and attract diseases and can stop you from doing what you love. Modern man has to make a few changes to the Ayurveda prescribed lifestyle to adapt to his conditions and environments. Of course, the trick is how to make these changes and this can be done only by someone who understands the Ayurveda way of life.