Ayurveda - Mythological Origins

Lord Dhanwanthari
Lord Dhanvantari

The father of Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda ?

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF AYURVEDA

आयुष्यः वेदाः आयुर्वेदाः

Ayurveda is defined as the science and knowledge of life

स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणं आतुरस्य रोगपरिमार्जनं

The purpose of Ayurveda is to
preserve and protect the health of a healthy person
treat and cure the diseases of a diseased person

CONTENT AND BRANCHES OF AYURVEDA

The verses are divided into 1000 (one thousand) chapters. The science got divided into eight specialties and became famous as Ashtanga Ayurveda

1. Kayacikitsa-Internal Medicine
2. Kaumarabhrtya or Balacikitsa-Paediatrics
3. Bhutavidya or Grahacikitsa-Psychiatry
4. Salakyatantra-Otto-Rhino-Laryngology and Opthalmology
5. Salyatantra-Surgery
6. Visatantra -Toxicology
7. Rasayanatantra-Geriatrics
8. Vajeekaranatantra- Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Sexology

THREE TREATISES OF AYURVEDA

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PANCHA MAHA BHUTA-FIVE ELEMENTS TRIDOSHA-3 BIO-REGULATING PRINCIPLES

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VAATA

Elements: Aakasha and Vaayu
Base: Colon and Pelvis
Function: Motor and sensory functions; macro and micro level mobility

PITHA

Elements: Agni
Base: Umbilical region
Function: Primary and secondary metabolism; heat generation; digestion of food

KAPHA

Elements: Prithvi and Jala
Base: Thorax
Function: Growth and cell re-generation; stability and strength; immunity

PANCHAVIDHA KASHAYAKALPANA-FIVE FORMS OF MEDICINE PREPARATION

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An Insight into Ayurveda-the science and the knowledge of life Mythological Chronology

The triumvirate (TRIMURTHI) Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswara maintain harmony of Universe
Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu is the Preserver and Maheswara is the Destroyer
Ayurveda emerged a ray of enlightenment in the cosmic consciousness of Brahma
Brahma revoked the science and merged it with Atharvaveda as a subsidiary branch
Atharvaveda is one of the four Vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Saamaveda, Atharavaveda)
Lord Dhanwantari, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is worshipped as the Lord of Health
He emerged out of the ocean of milk during the god-demon churning process.
He carries a leech and a pot of nectar in two of his four arms Mythological Inheritance of Ayurveda

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Human Hierarchy of Ayurveda

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