Ayurvedic medicine comes from an ancient body of knowledge called the Vedas and is practiced today around the world as a form of alternative medicine.
How does Ayurvedic medicine differ from conventional modern medicine
Ayurveda has a much greater appreciation for the inherent intelligence within the body, and offers a deeper understanding of the connection between the mind and the body. With this understanding Ayurvedic medicine seeks to work with the body rather than against it.
In Ayurveda the approach to curing an illness is not to "fight" the symptoms of disease but instead to eliminate the root cause of the illness by re-enlivening the bodies natural intelligence.
Ayurvedic Medicine is Holistic Medicine
The Ayurvedic approach to health is one of wholeness rather than one of fragmentation. Ayurvedic medicines not only cure or relieve specific illnesses but simultaneously strengthen the entire body. This holistic approach understands that a balance between the fundamental energies within the body is necessary for health to be maintained. These principle energies are called Doshas and are derived from the five elements Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Space*.
*The vedic tradition recognizes the fifth element of space.
Preventing Illnesses Before they Arise
Ayurveda also offers a preventive approach to health that is not offered by conventional medicine. Modern medicine does try to offer health prevention but does not offer preventive medicine in the same way that Ayurveda does.
Ayurveda offers prevention by detecting and correcting imbalances in the bodies subtle energies (doshas, vata, pitta, and kapha) long before any disease has arisen. Modern medicine has no form of diagnosis like this, it only hopes to detect disease by looking for the symptoms of the disease.
Maharishi's Revival of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a complete system of medicine that covers every aspect of health. However today there are very few practitioners of Ayurveda that truly understand the holistic nature of their practice.
In the late 1970's, to save the precious knowledge of Ayurveda from being completely lost, the Indian sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, along with many of India's most renowned and experienced Ayurvedic physicians, revived the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda to it's original wholeness. This revival of Ayurveda is called Maharishi Ayurveda.
Examples of Ayurvedic medicine today
Here are some of the practices you might expect to find in Ayurvedic medicine today.
Pulse Diagnosis By taking the pulse an Ayurvedic expert can detect imbalance in the physiology, and by analyzing these imbalances they can determine the root cause of illnesses.
Ayurvedic Herbology Herbs are used extensively in Ayurveda both for treating and preventing diseases. Ayurveda offers holistic herbology by combining herbs into sometimes complex formulas that nourish every aspect of the body simultaneously. The holistic nature of Ayurvedic herbology also eliminates side effects that can result from taking certain herbs in isolation.
Ayurvedic Treatments Spa treatments that are based on Ayurvedic knowledge work at a very deep level to thoroughly cleanse the body of toxins and remove physiological imbalances. Ayurvedic treatments unlike other spa treatments are catered to the exact needs of the patient based on their doshas.