The term ‘Vaidya’ is definitely one of the most misunderstood usage in today's world. In fact it can be attributed to some famous vaidya who made a mockery of the usage. Does the usage simply mean a Doctor or does it mean much more? On this day of Doctors Day being celebrated all over, Dr Sreedarshan writes more about who is eligible to be termed as Vaidya.
"Brahma recollected Ayurveda and passed this knowledge to Daksha Prajaapati. Daksha then gave it to the Ashvini Kumaras. Indra learned Ayurveda from them. Eventually it was from Indra that the Sages learned it and started practicing for the welfare of Humanity." This is the evolution story as mentioned in the Classical Textbooks of Ayurveda. This article is a thought exercise to decode this mythology and bring out a hidden meaning in this evolution story..
"Ashtaanga". You might have seen this term in Ayurveda articles or clinics or pamphlets. If you go to a Ayurveda Hospital, you may have observed that the departments are having strange names and that too in Sanskrit. Well here is a decryption. This article details on the concept of the eight clinical branches in Ayurveda, why are they named so and how does each one of them work.
Taking medicines is important. But even more crucial is the right time of taking them. Your doctor may have given very precise instructions on when to take them. But out of ignorance, forgetfulness or even nonchalance, many of us overlook them. This article throws light on what are the specific times for taking Ayurveda medicines and why are they so important.
It is a common practice of Vaidyas to ask patients to add certain stuffs to the prescribed Ayurveda medicine. This could be ginger powder, honey, salt, buttermilk, sesame oil..the list goes on. These adjuvants are classically termed 'prakshepa' or 'anupana'. But, what is the purpose of such add ons? Does it influence the potency of the medication in any way? Is there any added benefit in taking medicine along with anupana? This article explains these adjuvants in detail. So, from next time on, you will know why you have to take that jaggery powder with that Ayurveda decoction..(Malayalam)
Of all the medical systems prevalent today, Ayurvedic medicine arguably has the widest array of modes of formulations for introducing medicine into a patient's body. How does each formulation differ from each other? What is the need for so many different types of formulations? How does an Ayurvedic practitioner use all these preparations judiciously? Dr Parvathy describes more about it.
Ayurveda is not an easy science to learn. This is especially so when the people who take up Ayurveda as an academic path come from the background of modern sciences. This article by Dr. Sharika Vipin is instilling confidence in the confused minds and is reminding those who are already in the track of Ayurveda, that they are in the right path.