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Ayurveda (Ayurvedic ) medicine is an ancient Hindu system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent.Ayurveda is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model.It is used by millions of people in India,Nepal,Sri Lanka and increasingly in the west.The word "Ayurveda" is a tatpurusha compound of the word āyus meaning "life," "life principle," or "long life" and the word veda,which refers to a system of "knowledge." Thus "Ayurveda" roughly translates as the "knowledge of life" or "knowledge of a long life".According to Charaka Samhita,"life" itself is defined as the "combination of the body,sense organs,mind and soul,the factor responsible for preventing decay and death,which sustains the body over time,and guides the processes of rebirth."According to this perspective,Ayurveda is concerned with measures to protect "ayus",which includes healthy living along with therapeutic measures that relate to physical,mental,social and spiritual harmony.Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.Ayurveda is also one among the few traditional systems of medicine to contain a sophisticated system of surgery (which is referred to as "salya-chikitsa").
There are several aspects to Ayurveda that are quite unique,
1. Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding which foods and which lifestyle they should follow in order to be completely healthy.This is due to it's use of a constitutional model.
2. Everything in Ayurveda is validated by observation,inquiry,direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts.
3. It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings.These forces are called the Tridoshas.
4. Because Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body,a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship.
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