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By Dr. Atiq Ahmad Bhatti, HD.


Ayurvedic Medicine

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"God did not send down any disease without sending the remedy with it"
-- Hadith

The term Ayurveda combines two Sanskrit words-- ayur , which means life, and veda , which means science or knowledge. Ayurveda means "the science of life."

Ayurvedic medicine is also called Ayurveda. It is a system of medicine that originated in India several thousand years ago. This traditional Indian life science is the oldest form of medicine known to man and written texts date back 3500 years.

Ayurvedic medicine is a complete healthcare system and involves detoxification, diet, exercise, use of herbs and techniques to improve mental and emotional health. It is based on ideas from Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and largest religions. Some Ayurvedic ideas also evolved from ancient Persian thoughts about health and healing.

Many Ayurvedic practices were handed down by word of mouth and were used before there were written records. Two ancient books, written in Sanskrit on palm leaves more than 2,000 years ago, are thought to be the first texts on Ayurveda-- Caraka Samhita and Susruta Samhita . They cover many topics, including:

  • Pathology (the causes of illness)
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Surgery (this is no longer part of standard Ayurvedic practice)
  • How to care for children
  • Lifestyle
  • Advice for practitioners, including medical ethics
  • Philosophy


In the United States , Ayurveda is considered a type of CAM and a whole medical system. As with other such systems, it is based on theories of health and illness and on ways to prevent, manage, or treat health problems. Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit (thus, some view it as "holistic"). This balance is believed to lead to contentment and health, and to help prevent illness. However, Ayurveda also proposes treatments for specific health problems, whether they are physical or mental. A chief aim of Ayurvedic practices is to cleanse the body of substances that can cause disease, and this is believed to help reestablish harmony and balance.

Ayurveda still forms the basis of much medical practice today in India , Sri Lanka and Pakistan , where Orthodox doctors work alongside Ayurvedic physicians.

In Ayurveda good digestion is considered tile key to good health, poor digestion produces 'ama' a toxic substance believed to cause illness. 'Ama' occurs when the metabolism is impaired due to an imbalance of 'agni'. Agni is the fire which, when working normally maintains all functions. Imbalance agni is caused by irregularity in the doshas and such things as eating and drinking too much of the wrong food and repressing emotions. Agni affected by too much Kapha can slow the digestive process making you feel heavy and sluggish, while too much vata can cause wind, cramps and alternating constipation and diarrhoea. 

Toxins which cause illness can be produced by emotional as well as physical factors. For example, fear and anxiety relate to vata and the large intestine, when held inside these emotions can cause bloating and intestinal pain.

Food allergies can also develop because of poor, emotional health. Failing to express your emotions can start cravings for foods likely to cause imbalance. Yoga and meditation can help you to understand and deal with negative emotions.

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