Introduction to Ayurveda Aditya Sharma, Ph.D., Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Definition Ayurveda is the 5000 years old Indian system of Medicine. "Ayur" the word means " life ", "Veda" means " Knowledge ".
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Seven type of constitution
The human body made of seven basic and vital tissues called
Dhatu. Sanskrit word Dhatu means “Construction element”
Sweet:ReduceVata and Pitta and increase Kapha
Sour:ReduceVata and increase Pitta and Kapha
Salty: ReducesVata and increasePitta and kapha
Pungent:Reduces Kapha and increases Pitta and vata
Bitter:Reduces Pitta and Kapha andincrease Vata
Astringent: Reduces Pitta and Kaphaincrease Vata
Example of Treatment
Decreasing a dosha is useful for a person of that body type, while an herb that
increases one’s dosha will aggravate it.
Example: a vata person will be helped by ginger, a warm herb, but irritated by
Goldenseal, a dry, bitter herb. Because Vata person feels cold and dry.
4. Lavan Bhasker VK- P+ stimulates appetite, malabsorption. Ingredients are Salt, fennel, long pepper, long pepper root, black cumin, cinnamon leaf, mesua ferria, rhubarb root, pomegranite seeds, cinnamon, cardamon
5. Hingwastak VPK mainly Vata- , indigestion, bloating. Ingredients are Blend of asafoetida, ginger, black pepper, long pepper, rock salt, cumin, black cumin, ajwan seeds
Amalaki (meaning: the nurse) (Emblica Officinalis)
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera dunal)
It is also known as Vitality Of Horse.
SHATAVARI is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenative for the female.
Part Used: root Energetics: sweet, bitter/cooling/sweet PV- K+ (in excess) Tissue: works on all tissue-elements Systems: circulatory, reproductive, respiratory, digestive Actions: tonic (general, reproductive and nervine), nutritive, rejuvenative, demulcent, antacid
Shatavari, "who possesses a hundred husbands," as its tonic and
rejuvenative action on the female reproductive organs is said to give the
capacity to have a hundred husbands.
Energetic: Bitter-cool-pungent PK- V+
Tissues: Plasma, Blood and Fat.
Systems: Circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary.
Parts Use: leaves, bark, root
Use: Arthritis, blood purifier and detoxifier, cough, diabetes, eczema, fever, obesity.
Chief Herb: The chief herb is whose propeties you want to have the greatest effect on the patient. It usually highest dosage unless it is usually potent.
Supporting Herb: Supporting herb complement the desire action of the chief herb. These are boost up the primary action.
Assisting Herb: These herbs have ancillary effects to target another symptom or action. Their action is usually less than the primary action of the formula.
Carrying Herb: Carrying herbs are herbs that used in smaller amounts to aid the absorption or assimilation of the other herbs. These herbs are digestive stimulants that increase digestion as well as absorption.
Antagonistic Herbs: These are counteract a particular quality of a formula that is not desired. A heating herb may be used to minimize the coldness of the formula.
The two goal of Ayurvedic physician