School of Ayurveda

the science and knowledge of life and healthy living

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medical science and is the oldest healing science which is almost 5000 years old. Ayurveda contains two Sanskrit words: Ayu which means life or lifespan and Veda meaning knowledge (The Science of Life). This system of medicine was shaped in the ancient lands of India. Hindu Vedas consider Ayurveda as a gift of Gods to mankind which was communicated to the saints and sages of India through deep meditation. Veda Vyasa, one of the greatest sages of India is considered to have written the Vedas for the first time. These Vedas have topics on health and the use of various herbs to cure the diseases.

The proponents of Ayurveda divided the science into eight specialties as

  • Kayachikitsa-Internal Medicine and General Medicine
  • Balachikitsa-Neonatal Care and Paediatrics
  • Grahachikitsa-Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Urdhwanga Chikitsa or Shalakyatantra-ENT, Ophthalmology, Head and Neck Diseases
  • Shalyatantra-Surgery and Marma Treatments
  • Damshtrachikitsa-Toxicology, Forensic Medicine and Venomous Contact Management
  • Jarachikitsa or Rasayana Chikitsa-Geriatric Care and Rejuvenation Care
  • Vrushachikitsa or Vajeekarana Chikitsa-Sexology and Reproductive Health

Vedas are four as Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, sama Veda and Atharva Veda. each of them have their own subsidiaries. Atharva Veda is the most practical and more earthy among the Vedas and Ayurveda which is related to living and its realities is naturally an off shoot of Atharva Veda. Over the centuries Ayurveda expanded enormously and attained almost an independent identity from its parent.

The initial proponents of Ayurveda are Punarvasu Athreya and Divodasa Dhanvantri. Athreya laid emphasis on the medical management of health while Divodasa concentrated on the anatomical knowledge and surgical management. The disciples of both these stalwarts compiled their teachers' contributions into two compendiums as Charaka Samhita for medical management and Sushrutha Samhita for surgical management. These two treatises were so deep and complex and beyond the understanding of average medical practitioners. Vagbhata, the Ayurveda scholar of later centuries realized this fact and compiled a new text Ashtanga Sangraham putting together the crux of both the treatises in a simple language.

Ayurveda is based on the fundamental principles of disease prevention and treatment of illness by maintaining a balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through healthy lifestyle of Dinacharya (daily routine), Rutucharya (seasonal regimen), healthy food and Achara Rasayana (healthy good behaviour). The illness treatment is based on the constitution and other related aspects of illness. At Sakalya Ayurveda, the divine, evidence based documented Ayurveda is practiced to perfection to achieve healthy life.

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