Ayurveda - the heritage way of health care  

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Ayurveda is not only the science of preventive health and healing, but also the philosophy of living. It is not merely a system of treating by symptoms; rather curing by removing the cause of malady from the rich legacies left us by Rishis, the holy bards of ancient India.

As a treatment method, it is based on the theory of "tridosham" by which we can assess the condition of the body, and can select the drug and method of treatment

Ayurveda has a well-developed materia medica, describing more than 1,500 plants.

In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda comprises the words āyus, meaning 'life' and veda, meaning 'science'. The earliest literature of Ayurveda appeared during the Vedic period. The Sushruta Samhita and the Charaka Samhita were influential works on traditional medicine during this era. Ayurvedic practitioners also identified a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for curing various ailments and diseases.

The concept of Panchakarma is believed to eliminate toxic elements from the body.

Eight disciplines of Ayurveda treatment, called Ashtanga are given below:

Surgery (Shalya-chkitsa).
Treatment of diseases above the clavicle (Salakyam).
Internal medicine (Kaya-chikitsa).
Demonic possession (Bhuta vidya): Ayurveda believes in demonic intervention and—as a form of traditional medicine—identifies a number of ways to counter the supposed effect of these interferences. Bhuta vidya has been called psychiatry.
Paediatrics (Kaumarabhrtyam).
Toxicology (Agadatantram).

Prevention and building immunity (rasayanam).
Aphrodisiacs (Vajikaranam).

Some Ayurvedic Tips:

Mixture of equal quantities of honey and ginger juice is a good expectorant. It gives immediate relief in symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat, congestion of chest and runny nose.

Mix half a gram of black pepper powder with honey and ginger juice mixture (equal quantity). Take this mixture at least three times a day. It helps to cure asthma