Published: 09/26/2005 - Updated: 08/09/2019
Author: Prof. Dr. Luis Ruiz-García
Ayurveda, the science of life "is the traditional medicine, natural healing system of India and its cultural sphere”. This is probably the oldest healing system in the world. Its roots come from the Vedic era, more than 5000 years. No wonder why it has been called "The Mother of All Healing".
What is Ayurveda medicine?
Ayurveda is one of the most comprehensive healing systems in the world, jointly seeking the body, mind and spirit. It is associated with a profound yogic view of life and consciousness. Given this we can say that age is an original system, which modern medical systems have been derived or diverted.
Ayurveda has had a strong influence throughout history in many systems of medicine, from ancient Greece in the west to Traditional Chinese Medicine in the east. Ayurvedic herbs and formulas in Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with a form of Ayurvedic Acupuncture. Ayurveda is the foundation of Tibetan medicine, which introduces Ayurveda along with Indian Buddhism. Tibetan medicine consists predominantly of Ayurveda with a secondary influence of Chinese Medicine. There are ways of Ayurveda in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Burma, and in some areas of Thailand.
Ayurveda is also one of the alternative systems of medicine today and understandable to be introduced in the West, where its popularity and prestige are growing rapidly. In the West, Ayurveda is a system of natural medicine and covers all areas that are taught in medical schools of Naturism.
Ayurveda provides a far superior knowledge and many opportunities to practice, to conduct professional development and ensure a service to humanity. The concept of Ayurveda is becoming known in the West, where its practice is not yet well developed, particularly at a clinical level, but its influence is growing rapidly. Those who learn Ayurveda today are at the forefront of a movement that will continue to grow significantly in the future.
Ayurveda as a medical practice today is taught all over India in various colleges and hospitals of Ayurveda. As the health system is recognized by the World Health Organization. In recent years many Ayurvedic schools in India have opened, many of which are full. Usually in schools Ayurveda is still a five or six years and requires the degree of Bachelor of Science to access them. Many schools now start teaching classes in English, and are developing short courses for Western. However it is not easy for foreigners to study in India, the amenities can be precarious and slow teaching methods.
Ayurveda and holistic healing
Ayurveda is a medical system that treats the physical body only, because it also psychology and spirituality. These fields are treated in depth throughout the course. They are presented as part of a holistic system considered as our body, mind and spirit. Reflect certain perceptions about the nature of life, as the law of Karma, reincarnation and the evolution of the highest knowledge in humanity.
Although Ayurveda emphasizes the validity of spiritual methods and meditation, it can be applied as a curative system to physical and psychological level, without an internal practice, although this does not allow us to understand in full the Ayurvedic system.
Ayurvedic cure teachers
The foundation of any Ayurvedic practice is mainly to be able to behave as "Educator of Ayurvedic Cure." This individual is equipped with basic knowledge of Ayurveda and understands its basic principles. He or she may be able to identify the following information about a customer Ayurvedic:
- Constitution of the individual
- Factors present after a disease condition that the individual may have at the time of medical examination, factors of its formation are modified.
He or she may be able to recommend the following remedial measures and explain them clearly and completely:
- By formation of Diet
- Recommendations for lifestyle constitution
- Herbal Remedies general constitution
In other words, the main factor that characterizes an educator of Ayurvedic Cure is the ability to determine the imbalances relating to biological humors Vata, Pitta and Kapha Ayurvedic system.
This is the basis of any Ayurvedic treatment. Without this capability cannot go very far in Ayurveda. Moreover, once you have mastered this knowledge all other approaches of Ayurvedic Cure become accessible to students because, ultimately, all treatments are balancing these fundamental biological forces.
The course deals Ayurvedic Cure primarily to train the student to become a teacher of Ayurvedic Cure. Interested individuals can learn to become educators of Ayurvedic Cure without being charged or have been licensed previously in any medical practice (although of course it helps). Even beyond the category of Ayurvedic Cure educator, the course seeks to make accessible to the Ayurveda medical practitioners, thus including ayurvedic principles in their practices.
Ayurveda and medical practitioners
Ayurveda can enhance the practice of medical doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurses, psychologists, therapists, yoga, nutritional counseling, physical therapists, massage therapists and other professionals to health. The holistic approach and constitutional Ayurveda adds more depth to a medical or healing practice. This can fill the void left by other therapies and can be used to give patients practical tools to change their own health. Without a change in current lifestyle and diet according to natural and holistic principles of Ayurveda cannot cure many trends of the disease.
We recognize that our health cannot be separated from what we eat, what we do and what we think. Ayurveda gives us a system to understand the set of qualities and energies moving through our daily life practices, so we can use to stop or prevent imbalances that cause disease.
Clinical methods of Ayurveda
Ayurveda has a wide range of clinical methods which naturally go beyond the principles and procedures of health education. While this course of study introduces the theoretical background and methodology of such approaches (such as Pancha Karma), to learn a completely require direct study with the methodology provided by the program but broader. Qualified students can prepare for advanced practice in Pancha Karma.
Clinical diagnostic methods include pulse diagnosis, which can be accepted by people who really understand. However we note that this is not a system of standardized pulse in Ayurveda recognized in today's India, it is common that each teacher can give different standards to their students. Pulse diagnosis, Ayurvedic as many skills, is reserved for the teacher-student relationship and is not dealt with extensively in the book.
Pancha Karma is a systematic procedure to detoxify the body and consists of several therapies like oil massages, steam therapy, purgation, and use of enemas.
Source: Institute of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies
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