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Ayurveda - The Ancient Wisdom Of Healing

The “science of life” is Ayurveda.

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Person making Ayurvedic Medicine
The Sanskrit word Ayurveda means "science of life" (Ayur means "life or longevity" and Veda means "knowledge, wisdom, or science").

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Woman doing Yoga

Ayurveda: The Ancient Wisdom Of Healing, a sister science to Yoga, originated from ancient India's sacred scriptures known as the Vedas, or "Books of Wisdom." These are widely regarded as humanity's oldest literature, dating back at least five thousand years.

Ayurveda is an ancient type of medicine that emphasizes the need of balancing the mind, body, and spirit for overall health. The universe is made up of five elements according to Ayurveda: air, fire, water, earth, and space.

Ayurveda's Benefits- All of Ayurveda's benefits are enshrined in its slogan, which appears at the beginning of Ayurvedic traditional texts:

1. Protection of healthy people's health

2. Taking care of sick people's ailments.

History of Ayurveda - The Ancient Wisdom Of Healing

Diagram of who passed the knowledge of Ayurveda showing all the gods who passed the knowledge over the years
Diagram of who passed the knowledge of Ayurveda

Ayurveda has a long and illustrious history. Brahma is thought to be the creator of the world. Brahma is credited with the creation of Ayurveda. Brahma taught Ayurveda to Dakshaprajapati, who taught it to Ashwinikumar, and Ashwinikumar-Indra-Bharadwaj-Atreya. Agnivesh, Bhel, Jatukarna, Parashar, Harit, and Ksharpani were Atreya's disciples. Agnivesh intended to begin creating a treatise containing all of his knowledge in the 1000th century B.C. Then Charak, in the 2nd century B.C., interpreted it. In the fourth century A.D., Drudhbal finished the text. This manuscript, titled "Charak Samhita," is now available to us.

Painting of World's first plastic surgery done by Shusruta
World's first plastic surgery

Indra also passed this knowledge on to Kashiraj Divodas Dhanvantari, who then passed it on to his disciples. One of them was Sushrut. Sushrut's work, written in the third century B.C., was later interpreted and is now known as the "Sushrut Samhita."

Many people contributed to the understanding of Ayurveda over the centuries. Vagbhat, for example, is well-known for writing a canonical work in the 6th century A.D. by mixing references from both Charak and Sushrut Samhita and adding his own perspectives. We can also have it in the form of the "Vagbhat Samhita."

Ayurvedic Treatment of a person by the doctor who is a expert in ayurvedic medicine
Ayurvedic Treatment of a person
These three writings, Charak, Sushrut, and Vagbhat Samhita, are today considered the foundation of Ayurveda.

New herbal-medicine manufacturing processes, pharmaceutics, and other disciplines became more important as centuries passed. Sharangdhar, who lived in the 13th century A.D., was a major contributor to this branch of Ayurveda.

In the 16th century A.D., Bhavprakash detailed the Ayurvedic plants and their functions, as well as the properties of dietary items.

Ayurvedic Treatment of a person by the doctor who is a expert in ayurvedic medicine
Ayurvedic Treatment of a person

A branch of Ayurveda known as Rasashastra arose from the necessity for fast-acting remedies, the emergence of alchemy, and the conversion of metals and minerals to medicines. The development of this branch dates back to the 6th century A.D., and many incredible contributions have been made through research over the decades.

This gave birth to RasaRatnaSamucchay, Rasatarangini, and many more texts that contain all of the Ayurvedic herbo-mineral medicine formulations, processes, and other information that is still widely utilized today.

Ayurveda for Everyday Life

Person grinding herbs in a bowl
Person grinding herbs

Ayurveda is best described as the science of living in tune with nature's laws. It is an ancient Indian philosophy of natural and holistic medicine that encourages people to live a balanced existence by making healthy and natural lifestyle choices. Ayurveda's age-old wisdom is just as applicable today as it was in ancient times. In today's fast-paced world, Ayurveda and its principles can easily be adapted to maintain and lead a healthy, stress-free, and balanced existence. Ayurveda's age-old wisdom is just as applicable today as it was in ancient times.

A person making ayurvedic remedy at home
Making ayurvedic remedy at home

Healing, prevention, and healthcare are the three core emphases of Ayurveda. Maintenance of excellent health, as well as rejuvenation and ways for achieving longevity, are all part of health care. Ayurvedic Home Remedies can be used to cure a variety of diseases. However, prevention is the main focus because it is easier to maintain health than it is to recover it once it has deteriorated.

Ayurveda places a high value on one's pathya (way of life), eating habits, and daily routine. It also offers advice on how to adapt one's lifestyle to their surroundings, as well as the use of ayurvedic goods and medicinal herbs to live a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating Ayurveda into your daily routine does not necessitate a huge lifestyle shift. Small changes, such as choosing natural or organic components over chemically treated products and foods, can make a big difference.

Ayurvedic Herbs in a white background like ginger, turmeric and other
Ayurvedic Herbs

Making the transition from a lazy to a more active lifestyle that includes regular workouts like walking will help you stay healthy and fit. Drinking fresh juice instead of canned or preservative-laden juices and including seasonal and fresh vegetables in your meals will prevent the body from producing ama or toxins, keeping you fresh and active throughout the day. Ayurveda also suggests drinking enough water during the day to remove harmful toxins from the body, as well as a glass of warm water before bedtime to avoid indigestion and obtain a relaxing and restful night's sleep.

Benefits of Ayurveda-Based Lifestyle

  • It boosts immunity

  • It's all-natural

  • It has no negative side effects

  • It suggests consuming foods that are readily available, non-toxic, and aid in healing

  • It eliminates ailments at their source

  • It improves body processes

  • It aids in maintaining a healthy weight

  • It extends one's lifespan

  • It relaxes, rejuvenates, and revitalizes

Five Great Elements (Panchamahabhutas)

Five Great Elements (Panchamahabhutas) showing ether, air, fire, water and earth elements
Five Great Elements (Panchamahabhutas)

Everything in the universe, according to Ayurveda, is made up of five basic elements. Earth (Prithvi), water (Jal), fire (Agni), wind (Vayu), and space (Ether) are the five elements. Panchamahabhutas refers to the five basic elements as a whole.

The notion of Panchamahabhutas is regarded as the cornerstone of Ayurveda and vital to the knowledge of the functioning and movement of the human body since Ayurveda thinks that the components and functioning of nature are similar to the functioning of the human body.

These Panchmahabutas can be found in all living and non-living beings, substances, materials, and objects in the universe. Due to their large size in comparison to their precursor bhutas (minor forms of mahabhutas) or their widespread distribution, these elements are also known as mahabhutas. But, in a nutshell, everything in the cosmos is made up of these Panchamahabhutas, and there is nothing in this universe that can be labeled devoid of these 5 elements.

So, in the context of the Panchmahabuta, how does the physical body function?

Balancing of stones near a river front
Balancing of stones

When the five basic elements that make up the human body's composition are impregnated with Atma or Soul, life manifests in the mass of five elements that we call the physical body. Imbalances in one or more elements in the body might cause diseases associated with that element or element. For example, bone tissue is primarily composed of the Prithvi (earth) element, and any imbalance in this element might result in bone-related disorders such as osteoarthritis.

Ayurveda therapy methods are mostly based on addressing Panchamahabhuta imbalances in the body. Thus, before doing anything else, it is critical to understand the concept of Panchamahabhuta, particularly in terms of treatment.

The Ayurvedic pillars

A diagram of the Ayurvedic pillars
The Ayurvedic pillars

​1. Ayurvedic Body Types(Doshas)

Ayurveda is based on the three doshas, or basic energy kinds, which are further divided into Vata, pitta, and Kapha. These doshas or energies, according to Ayurveda, may be found in everyone and everything, making them the fundamental building blocks of the material world.

All three doshas work together to create diverse climates, meals, species, and even individuals within the same species, as well as perform different physiological roles in each person's body. In reality, the Vata, pitta, and Kapha ratios within each of us have a substantial impact on our physical, mental, and emotional characteristics traits.

Five Great Elements (Panchamahabhutas) showing ether, air, fire, water and earth elements
Five Great Elements (Panchamahabhutas)

Here's a breakdown of the three doshas and the various duties they play in the body. 1) Vata Dosha (wind energy): Vata is mostly made up of the components of space and air. It is the energy that governs biological functions connected with motion, such as blood circulation, breathing, blinking, tissue movement, cellular mobility, heartbeat, and communication between the mind and the neurological system. When the Vata dosha in the body is out of balance, it can cause fear and worry. 2) Pitta Dosha (fire energy): Pitta is a combination of hot, sharp, light, liquid, greasy, and subtle properties, and is mostly made up of fire and water elements. Pitta is neither mobile nor stable, yet it does have a tendency to spread. It regulates the metabolic functions of the body, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and body temperature. When it is in balance, it brings happiness and intellect, but when it is out of balance, it can produce ulcers and wrath. 3) Kapha Dosha (water energy): The earth and water elements make up the majority of Kapha. It is the energy that gives everything structure and rigidity, as well as the cohesion required to keep a certain shape. It regulates body growth and transports water to all regions of the body. It hydrates all cells and systems, lubricates joints, moisturizes skin, maintains immunity, and protects tissues as a result. When it's in balance, it produces feelings of love and forgiveness; when it's out of balance, it produces feelings of insecurity and envy.

2. Dhatu

Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja, and Sukhra respectively are the Sapta Dhatus in Ayurveda.
The Sapta Dhatus in Ayurveda

Plasma(Rasa), blood(Rakta), muscle(Mamsa), fat(Meda), bone(Asthi), bone marrow(Majja), and reproductive fluid(Sukhra)are the seven forms of Dhatus. Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja, and Sukhra respectively are the Sapta Dhatus in Ayurveda.

  • Jala is the most prominent element of Rasa Dhatu (Water). Vata circulates nutrients, hormones, and proteins throughout the body, aided by its mobility.

  • Rakta Dhatu's principal element is Agni (Fire), and its red color is due to Pitta's presence. It keeps people alive by carrying oxygen and nutrients around the body.

  • Mamsa is the connective tissue that surrounds all of the organs and is associated with strength and stability.

  • Meda is solid and firm, with Jala and Prithvi (Earth) as its major elements. It is where the body's extra fat is stored.

  • The body's stability is provided by Asthi. The human body is strengthened by the food it consumes.

  • Majja is related to the neurological system in Ayurveda, and it is thought to regulate metabolic processes in the brain and spinal cord.

  • Sukhra, which is responsible for life, vitality, and energy, is thought to be the essence of the Dhatus.

3. Mala​

Human physiology, or Sharira Kirya, is an important element in the Ayurvedic curriculum. The waste materials or compounds excreted from the human body are known as mala. Mala denotes the by-products of physiological and metabolic processes occurring within the human body. It is critical to effectively eliminate their illnesses in order to preserve good health.


​Ayurveda believes that imbalances in the body's waste removal systems can also create diseases or illnesses. Trimala is a term that refers to three types of waste products or malas that the body creates.

Three types of waste products or malas that the body creates are as follows:-

1. Purisha (feces)

Purisha (feces) is a solid waste or digestive fire balance​. The large intestine, as well as the temperature of the intestines, are supported and maintained by feces (Purisha). Vayu-related illnesses such as stress, fear, nervousness, headaches, gas, and constipation can result from impaired functioning. Excessive use of laxatives, worry, and fear all impair the function of the feces. Excessive travel, eating the wrong meals, oversleeping, coffee, medicines, antibiotics, insufficient exercise, and continuous diarrhea can all harm it.

2. Mutra (urine)

Urine (Mutra) is a bodily fluid that expels water and other wastes. Bladder pain or infections, difficult urination or kidney stones, fever, thirst, a dry mouth, or dehydration are all symptoms of poor urine elimination. It can be harmed by alcohol, injury, fear, excessive sex, or a lack of liquid intake.

3. Sweat (Sveda)

Sweat (Sveda) regulates body temperature by removing excess water and toxins, moistening the skin and hair, removing excess fat, purifying the blood, and cooling the body. Excessive perspiration can lead to skin conditions like eczema (rough, uneven skin), boils, fungus, burning skin, dehydration, exhaustion, or fits, all of which are Pitta-related (Vayu related). Reduced sweating can lead to brittle hair, dry skin, dandruff, and wrinkles. Sweating functions are harmed by too much dry diet, a lack of salt, too much or too little activity, and excessive sweating.

It is vitally required and vital to produce and remove these wastes in a channeled manner in order to maintain a healthy body and mind. Tears, spit, oily secretions from the skin, and other sexual organ secretions are examples of waste products.

There are Panchamahabhutas, Strotas, etc, and many more principles which form the base of Ayurveda.

More than 600 herbal formulas and 250 single-plant remedies are included in the pharmacy of Ayurvedic treatments. These remedies are typically grouped into categories according to their health effects, such as pain relief or increased vitality.

A few medicinal herbs recognized in Ayurveda on a table
A few medicinal herbs in Ayurveda

A few medicinal herbs recognized in Ayurveda are as follows:-

  • Ajwain

  • Ashwagandha

  • Brahmi

  • Cardamom

  • Cumin

  • Licorice

  • Manjistha

  • Neem

  • Shatavari

  • Turmeric

  • Aloe Vera

  • Triphala

Vijaya: The Conqueror

Cannabis is classified as a "sub-toxic herb" in Ayurveda, which implies it must be purified before consumption. The leaves are tied together in linen and simmered in milk for three hours before being dried and fried in ghee to purify the plant. Spices are sometimes added to the mix. The purified Cannabis is now suitable for usage as a medical ingredient in meals, beverages, and herbal treatments when this process is completed.

Cannabis plant with buds in a black background
Cannabis plant with buds

Cannabis has a bitter flavor and properties that are light, deep, and penetrating, according to Ayurvedic texts. It is quickly absorbed and disseminated throughout the body, bypassing the normal digestive and absorption processes. After digestion, it takes on a strong flavor and has a high potency. The dosage and duration of use should be kept to a minimum. The effect on all three doshas, according to Ayurveda, is that it balances the Vata and Kapha doshas while increasing the Pitta dosha.

Cannabis Sativa is native to India, with the first known cultivation dating back to 900 BC. Vijaya's positive attributes promote dialogue, foster social interactions, promote bodily awareness, emphasize a deep sense of joy in life, and elevate social contact, art, and pleasure above other (possibly less essential) endeavors.

Grinded cannabis in black background
Grinded cannabis

Because of these properties, cannabis can be particularly useful in situations where depression and isolation are major problems. Cannabis provides grace to those living in difficult circumstances, as seen by its widespread use in disadvantaged communities around the world.

In India today, cannabis is used in spiritual practices and rituals, as a sacrament on special occasions, for ascetic purposes, and as a training aid for wrestlers, and was widely used medically and recreationally by many levels of society until the last century.

Cannabis plant close up on bud on black background
Cannabis plant close up on bud

Cannabis is present in approximately 80 ancient Ayurvedic remedies, many of which are currently sold in Indian pharmacies. It works well in the following situations:

  • Pain

  • Disorders of the digestive system

  • Dysentery

  • Sexual powers and a dozen other medical uses are known to ancient Ayurveda.

What qualities does Bhang/Vijaya hold according to Ayurveda?

A bottle of grounded ayurvedic medicine with cannabis leaf on a mellow background
A bottle of grounded ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic practitioners have employed the Cannabis plant for thousands of years. It has long been a part of Indian rites and customs. Cannabis has medical relevance in addition to its social value. It is used in Ayurveda to treat sleep difficulties, stress, IBS, anxiety, sexual disorders, and muscle pains, among other things.

For example, during Holi, the festival of colors, a cannabis drink known as Bhang is consumed and distributed to the general public. This tradition dates back to 1000 BC.

Example 1 ---------------------------->

Meaning of the Sloka: Synonyms of the Bhanga: Ganja, Matulani, Vijaya, Jaya. Properties of Bhanga: Kaphahari – decreases Kapha Dosha Tiktha – Bitter taste Grahini – Absorbent, useful in diarrhea, IBS. Pachani – Digestive, relieves Ama Dosha Laghu – light to digest Theekshna – strong Ushna – hot potency Pittala – Increases Pitta Dosha Moha – relieves delusion Manda Vak vardini – increases the urge to speak in low doses. Vahni vardini – improves digestion strength

Sanskrit Shloka 2 about the use and benefits of cannabis in Ayurveda
Sanskrit Shloka 2

Example 2 ----------------------------> Meaning of the Sloka: Synonyms of Bhanga: Ganjayika, Matulani, Bhangika, Vijaya, Jaya, Bhangika. Properties of Bhanga: Pittala – Increases Pitta Dosha Tiktha – Bitter taste Theekshna – strong Ushna – hot potency Grahini – absorbent, useful in diarrhea, IBS Laghu – light to digest Karshani – causes weight loss, useful in obesity. Deepani – improves digestion strength. Ruchya – improves taste, useful in anorexia. Madakrit – causes intoxication Kapha vata jit – Decreases Kapha and Vata Dosha The following is an example of an Ayurvedic formulation that contains Cannabis sativa as an ingredient:

Shop of ayurvedic herbs showcasing different types of herbs and medicinal plants
Shop of ayurvedic herbs

Jatiphaladi Churna An Ayurvedic medicine, in herbal powder form. It’s used in the treatment of digestive and respiratory conditions. It helps relieve sprues, coughs, and colds and is useful in treating asthma, chronic respiratory conditions, anorexia, and a runny nose.

Its main ingredients are:

  • Jatiphala – Nutmeg – Myristica fragrans

  • Lavanga – clove

  • Ela – cardamom

  • Karpura – camphor

  • Chandana – Sandalwood

  • Tila – sesame seed

  • Amla – Indian gooseberry

  • Pippali – Long pepper

  • Shunti – Ginger

  • Vidanga – Embelia ribes

  • Maricha – Black pepper

  • Bhanga – Cannabis sativa

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In India, cannabis is classified as a Schedule-E1 substance. The Ministry of AYUSH and the Excise Department are in charge of it. Cannabis-based medicines are legal in India, but they are controlled. In order to get ayurvedic cannabis medicines in India, you must have a valid prescription.

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