Ayurveda – An ancient science







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Dr. Srivatsa Bhardwaj obtained his  degree in Ayurvedic Medicine  from the  Rajiv Gandhi University.  He is  trained intensively  in  the traditional techniques of ayurveda, identification of plants, usage of plants and panchakarma therapies. Dr.Srivatsa is a well trained  pulse reader and has helped many people to recover from different illnesses and diseases. He  regularly  conducts workshops and seminars on this subject and has contributed  several articles to various publications.


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Dr. Anasuya  Devi graduated from the Rajiv Gandhi university as an  Ayurvedic physician . Anasuya specializes in the traditional techniques of ayurveda, identification of plants  and panchakarma therapies. She is trained  intensively in the  natural system of living  and has mastered the unique technique of pulse reading. Dr. Anasuya has successfully helped people  recover from many diseases. She has to her credit several  formulations of  herbal  remedies and signature natural therapies. She is an expert  in holistic  cooking. Dr. Anasuya imparts her knowledge through seminars, workshops, presentations and  radio programs.

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Ayurveda is an ancient science which deals with  the overall well-being of the body and prevention of diseases through naturally available resources. This is a comprehensive and  holistic approach, where all  aspects related to health such as  food, living habits, exercises, breathing techniques, medicines and therapies are explained in detail. This system treats a person as a whole, instead of fractioning the person into his constituent parts.


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History of Ayurveda


Ayurveda dates back to more than  3000 years. It evolved  in ancient India as a necessity to prevent, and  cure diseases and maintain good health. Today, it is a science with a strong base, thanks to the consistent thoughtful insights and thorough research of many Acharyas (gurus) like Agnivesha,  Charaka and Sushruta. Combinations of different plants and  minerals were used in different forms such as powders, infusions, pills, pastes, oils, ointments and concoctions  to treat  and cure different diseases. Once a particular combination or formula proved  effective, it was documented and established as a standard  for future generations.


Branches of  Ayurveda


Ayurveda is classified into  8 branches namely,


Kaaya chikitsa  (General Medicine), Baala chikitsa (Pediatrics), Graha (Planetary effect on health ), Shalya (Surgery), Shalakya (head and sensory organs), Damshtra (Toxicology), Jara (Geriatrics), Vrisha ( Virilification) .


Pharmacology in Ayurveda


There are 2 branches of pharmacology (study of medicines) in Ayurveda.


1. Bhaishajya  Kalpana ( Herbal formulations)


In this branch of  ayurvedic pharmacology, the different parts of a plant namely roots, stems, leaves, fruits, flowers and seeds are used in the formulations of different medicines which may be presented as  fresh juice extracts, decoctions, powders, pills, fermented potions, and pastes (Lehas), medicated oils and fats. This branch  also explains the detoxifying methods of  poisonous herbs before using them in medicines.


2. Rasa Shastra ( Mineral or herbo-mineral  formulations)


This branch deals with the purification of minerals and metals and their uses in the different ayurvedic formulations.


Diagnostic procedures in Ayurveda 


The 3 important criteria in the evaluation of a person are
Darshana (Visual Examination)
Sparshana  (Nadi or pulse reading and feeling the patient)
Prashna (Questioning the patient) 


Present  day deviations  from ayurvedic procedures


Ayurveda does not support any artifical ingredient. It suggests a definite food and living habit to maintain a healthy  body. Each treatment is different for different individual.


Efficacy of Ayurveda 


Ayurveda is very effective when  prescribed with emphasis on the right food and  living habits.


Side effects in Ayurveda


Ayurvedic medicines should  be taken only with prescription from a qualified person. This system could lead to side effects {and unintended interactions} if taken in the wrong dosage and without prescription. 


From our practice we have successfully treated persons suffering from diseases considered incurable or difficult to cure by the modern systems of medicine such as migraine, colitis, psoriasis, autism, infertility and endometriosis.


Dr. Srivatsa and  Dr.Anasuya  would like to share  a series of  articles related to Ayurveda with the Mangalorean.com readers. Both doctors are specialists in the field of  Indian traditional medicine. Together they  run the DATTAM  AYURVEDA AND PANCHAKARMA clinic at Karangalapady Mangalore. Both are staunch believers in authentic ayurvedic practices. Team Mangalorean welcomes Dr. Srivatsa and  Dr.Anasuya to "Health Beat".

Author: Dr. Anasuya Devi