The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that evolves from combination of two words, “Ayuh” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. Ayurveda “Science of Life” or “wisdom of life” deals with nature and includes all aspects of life.
“The Science of Life which explains the guidelines to be followed for making a healthy living is called Ayurveda”
Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas — the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that can help humans overcome various ailments. Ayurveda advocates that every living and non-living being has five basic elements (Pancha Maha Bhoothas) in them namely earth, water, fire, air and ether which manifest itself in the human body as Vatha, Pitha and Kabha (or the Tridoshas).
Safety and Efficacy of Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurvedic Medicine is recognized by the WHO and is used safely by millions of people. However, like any other medical system, Ayurvedic therapies have contraindications and potential for adverse effects or side effects. This is of particular concern when therapies are prescribed by unqualified practitioners, are not used correctly and are abused by self prescription. Ayurveda does not propagate that herbs are safe. Panchakarma (detoxication) should be performed only by qualified Ayurvedic practitioners who are trained in this sub-specialty.
Consumers must bear responsibility when seeking Ayurvedic therapies to check the credentials, training, & experience of the practitioners. Consumers must also communicate, with their conventional & Ayurvedic practitioners & practice full disclosure about the therapies they are using.