God of Ayurveda – Dhanwanthari
The word Ayurveda is composed of two terms, Ayush means life and Veda means knowledge. In its broader perspective, Ayurveda deals with the treatment of diseases of animals and even plants. In Ancient India, there were specialised subjects like ashwa Ayurveda (for horses) , Gaja Ayurveda ( for elephants) , go Ayurveda ( for cows ) and Vriksha Ayurveda ( for trees) . Ayurveda deals with both prevention and cure of diseases. There are four Vedas in Hinduism namely Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda The Atharvaveda contains the principles of healing on which Ayurveda is based. The samhita of the Atharvaveda itself contains 114 hymns or incantations for the magical cure of diseases. Ayurveda provides measures for disciplined, disease free life. Ayurveda stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments.
Practise of Ayurveda fell into disuse after repeated foreign invasion of India. Original works were destroyed and quacks flourished who introduced unauthorized modifications in the system. The oldest known Ayurvedic texts are the Suśrutha Saṃhita and the Charaka Saṃhita.
According to Ayurveda, Human body is composed of three fundamental elements called doshas, dhatus and malas. Doshas govern the physiological activities of body. Dhatus are the ones that form the basic structure of the body cell and malas are substances which are partly utilised in the body and partly excreted. It is necessary for these elements to be in equilibrium for healthy functioning of the body.
Doshas – There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each human possesses a unique combination of these doshas which define this person’s temperament and characteristics. Each person has a natural state, or natural combination of these three elements, and should seek balance by modulating their behaviour. In this way they can increase or decrease the doshas they lack or have an abundance of respectively. Another view present in the ancient literature states that dosha equality is identical to health, and that persons with imbalance of dosha are proportionately unhealthy, because they are not in their natural state of balance. Prakriti is one of the most important concepts in Ayurveda.
Dhathus – Ayurveda names seven basic dhathus (tissues) They are plasma (rasa), blood (rakta), muscles (maṃsa), fat (meda), bone (asthi), marrow (majja), and semen (shukla).
Mala – Stool, Urine and sweat are the three important malas described in Ayurveda. They are waste products of the body and their proper elimination is essential for the maintenance of health. If they are blocked in the body diseases will occur.
Srotas or channels of circulation
The whole body is composed of several types of channels of circulation through which basic tissue elements, the doshas and some of the waste products circulate or move from one place to another constantly and continuously. For proper function of the body, it is necessary that these channels of circulation should remain perfect. Ayurveda recognises 13 channels in the body.
The process of digestion
The food one eats should be digested and absorbed in to the body. The factors responsible for the process are called ‘agni’ in Ayurveda. They represent various types of enzymes in the intestine tract. If the doshas are in equilibrium agni will work properly. Ayurveda attaches great a lot of emphasis in Agni. Before treating any disease, the defect in these agni agents are to be located and efforts made to correct them.
A disease is caused by the obstruction of the channels of circulation. The obstruction is caused by the accumulation of waste products. These waste products can be converted or eliminated if the Agni of that locality is stimulated. This is the role most of the Ayurvedic medicines play and this is how diseases are controlled and cured.
Ayurveda has 8 ways of diagnosis. They are Nadi (Pulse), Mootra (Urine), Mala (Stool), Jinvha (Tongue), Shabda (Speech), Sparsha (Touch), Druk (Vision), Aakruti (Appearance).
Dinacharya or daily regimen
Ayurveda also attaches importance on proper living. One should get up early in the morning before sunrise. At this time of the day air is fresh.
After getting up from bed one should wash one’s face with water. This helps cleaning the dirt accumulated in the eyes, nose and mouth during the night. While washing the face one should take a mouthful of water, keep the mouth closed and keeping the eyes open as far as possible, sprinkle cold water on them. This is considered very useful for preserving the eye sight. After sprinkling water, eyelids should be gently rubbed so that eye balls will get a tender message.
After washing the face and mouth, one should take a glass of water. This helps the smooth passing of stool and urine.
One should make a regular habit of evacuating bowls immediately after getting up from bed. If one does not feel the urge for it there could be two reasons. Either the meals have not been properly digested or the individual had inadequate sleep. The habit of taking a glass of water in the morning overcomes the difficulties caused by indigestion and inadequate sleep.
Many ayurvedic cures are more effective than allopathic treatment and gives permanent cure and are without any side effects. Many ayurvedic herbal treatments are kept as a family secret and passed only to the next generation of close family members. This tradition of preserving the cures in the family have resulted in lost knowledge that have been perfected through generations.
I myself once was cured and saved by a miracle cure for Jaundice which is kept as a family secret for generations by the family of a local ayurvedic practitioner in the state of Kerala in India. In 1995 I was misdiagnosed and treated for Typhoid by an allopathic doctor in Bangalore. As the treatment continued to the third week, my health deteriorated and I was taken to my native place in Kerala. With my whole body nearly turned to yellow, the allopathic doctor in my home town immediately recognized that a mistake is made and tests confirmed a very advanced stage of acute Juandice. But the doctor advised that it is better to go for Ayurvedic treatment and recommended an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Amazingly his treatment was so simple; there were no medicines to be taken inside. He applied an herbal paste on my head and within days Jaundice was cured. Unfortunately that breed of expert Ayurveda doctors are fast disappearing and is replaced by doctors who try their luck on a fusion of both Ayurveda and allopathic treatment.
When you are looking for Ayurveda doctors, it is best to go for those hailing from traditional families, with lineage of many generations practising traditional ayurvedic remedies. Those Ayurvedic doctors usually have traditional remedies that have been passed through generations. But in Australia, it will be impossible to find such Ayurvedic doctors. So it is important to look for references and testimonials from those you trust preferably from your inner circle. It is in your best interest to avoid those claiming to be jack of all trades. I have noticed a few doctors claiming to be experts in Ayurveda, acupuncture, Unani, Homeopathy and Yoga . It is safe to avoid these – all in one characters.
Ayurvedic Doctors and Clinics in Melbourne
AYU Ayurveda Clinic
Level-1, 489 North road, Ormond, Melbourne, Victoria 3204
Mobile: 0438 823 400
Pure Herbal Ayurveda Clinic
Dr. Gurnam Singh Saini and Dr. Pooja Saini
1/25 Saint Davids Drive, Wantirna, Melbourne, Victoria 3152
Telephone: 1300 786 181
- Suite 412, Level 4, 480 Collins St, VIC 3000
- 1103, Riversdale Road, Surrey hills, VIC 3127 (Cnr Elgar Road and Riverdale road) (Tram 70 End Stop)
PH: 03 9939 9474 / 0402 282 745
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 03 9440 5091
Ayurwoman Ayurvedic Centre
Dr Jyothi Menon
1102 Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly, Victoria
Mobile: 0405 628 698
Yoga Ayurveda Wellness Clinic
Dr Santosh Kumar Yadav
205 Gladstone Road, Dandenong North, Melbourne, Victoria 3175
Telephone: 03 97747650/ 0410914987
Ayurvedic doctors and Clinics in Sydney
Ayurvedic Wellness Centre
1 Bondi Road, Bondi Junction, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, 2022
Telephone: 02 9389 2581
Mobile: 02 9389 2581
Ayurveda Naturo Care
1 Gilba Road, Pendle Hill, Sydney, NSW 2145
Mobile: 0432513909, Phone: +61 2-98634043
Ayurveda Holistic Healers Clinic
22 Albert Street, Granville, Sydney, New South Wales, 2142
Phone: 0433 595 965
Ayurvedic Clinics / Doctors in Adelaide
There is an Ayurvedic Clinic at the ISKON Temple , 25 LeHunte Street , Kilburn
Ayurvedic Clinics / Doctors in Brisbane
44 Hardgrave Road, West End, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 07 3342 6048/ 0402 736 389
Brisbane Ayurveda Wellness Centre
Dr. Pradeep Neupane (B.A.M.S.)
43 Vulture ST, West End, QLD 4101
Phone 07-38462272/ 0452 506 389
Dr Gayatri Marwah
404 Montague Road. West End Brisbane Qld 4101
Ph:07 3255 0671/ 07 3255 0672
Ayurvedic Centres &Ayurveda Doctors in Perth
Ayurveda Awareness Centre
14 Cunningham Street, Applecross, Perth, WA 6153
Telephone: 08 6262 2274
OM Ayurveda East
10 Carson Street, East Victoria Park, Perth
Mobile: 0433 401 505
Sattva Health Ayurveda
12 Stirling Rd (within yoga studio), Claremont, Perth, WA
Telephone: 08 9467 7331
Lakshmi Ayurveda Perth
55 Healy Road, Hamilton Hill, Perth
Mobile: 0406 810 547
Dr Meher Swasthya Dham
Nicholson Rd Health Centre, 5/11 Corner Wostan and Nicholson Road, Canning Vale, Perth, WA 6155
Telephone: 08 94556009
Mobile: 0424 464 554