Benefit of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is not only curative therapy but also preventive therapy. It is aimed to prevent as well as protest against diseases. "Swastasya Swastya rakshana Aturasya Vikara Prashamana".
Ayurveda is an ancient Life Science originated in India, which is practiced for attaining the complete health to achieve the four pursuits of the human(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha). Attaining Moksha(salvation) is considered to be the ultimate goal of the human.
The word ‘Ayurveda’ is composed of the words ‘Ayu’ & ‘Veda’. Veda means the authentic real knowledge and Ayu means the Life which is formed of Shareera (Body), Indria(Sensory organs), Satwa(Manas) and Atma(Soul), it possesses the synonyms like Dhaari – Jeevitham – Nityaga and Anubandha.
It is known as the Upaveda to Atharvana Veda. For the welfare of the human Brahma the creator memorized the Science of Ayurveda and taught it to Daksha Prajapathi, Ashwini Kumar, Indra. Then it is taught to the eminent sages like Bharadwaja, Dhanwanthari, Kashyapa, Nimi etc., like this the Life Science descended to the earth, developed and established in the form of Ashtangaayurveda.
The eight branches of Ayurveda are as follows:
- Kaya Chikitsa – General Medicine
- Bala Roga Chikitsa – Pediatrics
- Graha Chikitsa – Treatment for evil spirits
- Urdwanga tantra – E.N.T & Ophthalmology
- Shalya Chikitsa – Surgery
- Visha Chikitsa – Toxicology
- Rasayana Chikitsa – Rejuvenation Therapy
- Vajeekarana Chikitsa – Aphrodisiacs