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AYURVEDA
THE SCIENCE
OF
LIFE
As such, Ayurveda presents
a total different alternative
to the biochemical model
of modern medicine, the
limitations of which are
becoming increasingly
evident through time.
Ayurveda is a truly holistic medicine. It
is not merely a kind of folk medicine as
it is sometimes considered to be. It is
a science in its own right, with its own
rationality and way of experimentation
that is extraordinarily intricate and
complete. Ayurveda believes that Man
is microcosm of Universe. This means
whatever principles that are present in
the Universe are also present in Man and
vice versa. Hence all Indian philosophies
tried to solve the riddle of evolution
of Universe. They also studied Nature
very closely and formulated their laws.
Ayurveda is based upon the observation
of living beings and their actual reactions
to their environment, not on mere
laboratory experiments that seldom
address the living being.
Ayurveda shows how our individual
Ayurveda is the traditional
natural medicine of
India dating back to over
fve thousand years. It
is a science, or way of
knowledge about life.
It gives you the advice
about the benefcial and
harmful things of the life.
If you follow good things
you have healthy and
long life, otherwise your
life will be short and full
of misery. Its basis is not
found in mere chemistry,
or in a mechanistic and
materialistic view of the
human body. Ayurveda
is based upon a deep
communion with the
spirit of life itself, upon a
profound understanding of
the movement of the vital
force and its manifestations
within our entire
psychophysical system.
constitution and disease tendencies
refect the forces of nature. It shows how
foods, herbs, emotions, climates and
lifestyles impact the dynamics of our own
physiology and psychology that may be
different for each person. This enables us
to interact with life in an optimal manner
both for our own beneft and that of the
greater world in a symbiotic manner.
Ayurveda possesses probably the longest
clinical experience of any medical
system in the world, with a history of
Ayurvedic hospitals and colleges going
back well lover three thousand years. It
has carefully examined every disease
condition and life condition and their
impact on health and well-being. It
contains an intricate and sophisticated
system of anatomy and physiology that
follows a vital model of the biological
humors or doshas that shows us how our
life-energies work and how to balance
them.
Ayurveda refects a deep study not only
of the body but also the mind and the
spirit. It refects an in depth system
of psychology that understands the
dynamics of karma (deeds of past life)
AYURVEDA
presents a total
different alternative to the
biochemical model of modern
medicine, the limitations of which
are becoming increasingly evident
through time.
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Dr. Sunanda Ranade,
B.A.M.& S.; Ph.D.
Director, International Academy of
Ayurveda, Pune, India