Ayurveda – An ancient system of medicine

Most of you have heard by your parents or grandparents about Ayurveda medicine they are using and also recommending you to add supplements like “Chavanprash” but we usually ignore these because of either taste or they are very slow in the process to see a significant change. In this article, you will find yourself amazed to see that apart from dealing with principles for maintenance of body health, it has also developed a wide range of therapeutic procedures to combat disease.

History of Ayurveda

From the past centuries, this has been taught orally, written down in sculptures and practiced to preserve the wellness of a healthy body.  During the Vedic period in India, Sushruta – The father of surgery and Charak – The father of medicine were some of the ancient Ayurvedic physicians. The subjects originated Charak Samhita and  Sushruta Samhita was used for the teaching of Ayurveda in the ancient universities of Takshashila and Nalanda.

Ayurveda works on the fact that, just like the universe, our body is made up of 5 constituents air, water, earth, space, fire. It treats the imbalance of these constituents and the body starts to heal. Just like everybody has a unique face, each of us has a particular series of energy levels- the combination of physical, emotional and mental characteristics which introduce us to the term “Doshas”.


Most of you were wondering by the name that how a negative word can be related to the ayurvedic terminology. Well, Dosha refers to bodily humor (or bio-energy center) which tells about the characteristics and functions they do. Now you can find out below which dosha you have and whether you are balanced or not?

  1. Vata dosha

(Air & Space)

  • Controls basic bodily functions as well as the mind
  • People are thin, enthusiastic and have active eyes
  1. Pitta dosha

(Fire & water)

  • Controls metabolism, digestion, and hormones linked to appetite
  • People are medium build, purposeful and have a clear glaze
  1. Kapha dosha

(Water & Earth)

  • Controls strength, stability, muscle growth, weight, and the immune system.
  • People are easy going, nurturing and have strong frames with warm eyes

Imbalances in the doshas are generally caused by unsupportive diet, stress and lifestyle choices. The doshas are a wonderful tool for recognizing and correcting any imbalances at work in our systems guiding us in improving self-awareness and overall health.

Ayurvedic Treatment vs Western Painkillers

Ayurvedic medicine is made with the help of plant parts such as leaves, roots, flowers, buds, etc. It takes a long time to treat or prevent disease but it is free from the side effects and quite cheaper as compared to allopathic medicines. Once heard from the TEDx Talks Dr. B.M Hedge about how Countries like Germany is opening ayurvedic hospitals in their territory and a famous quote which is like “there is no pill for every ill but there is an ill following every pill” which seems quite true after taking regular dosages of allopathic medicines.

Ayurveda in India

In northern India, the spiritual city and yoga capital of world Rishikesh exists on the river bank of Ganga in the state of Uttarakhand which is a hub of Ayurveda. Travelers interested in panchakarma rejuvenation(rid the body from toxins) can visit for a pleasurable experience. Rishikesh Ayurveda can serve you with activities like exercise, yoga, meditation, and massage with a structured diet and sleep.

So head up and start a new life with a healthy metabolic system, good digestion, and proper excretion while adopting ayurvedic therapies.

Note: When seeking Ayurvedic therapies, it is imperative to check all practitioners’ credentials, training, and experience as some of the herbs can be toxic and patient can be in trouble if consumed in heavy dose.