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Vedic Approach to Health
Vedic knowledge is the ancient mantric science of the seers and yogis of India designed to show us the inner workings of the universe and of our own consciousness, leading us ultimately to the state of self-realization and liberation from the cycle of life and death. To this end, it has given us not only spiritual disciplines, but has touched all aspects of health care and cure, as well as science, art and culture.
In this classical Vedic scheme, Ᾱyurveda is the Vedic system developed specifically for health care and cure. Yoga is the Vedic system of practice or best suited for physical, mental and spiritual health care. This means that Yoga is not originally or inherently a medical system. Although , it does not address either physical or psychological disease or their treatment in a primary manner, but aims at relieving physical, mental and spiritual suffering, through various prescribed practices of āsanas etc., and healing of kleśas or mental and spiritual afflictions.
Ᾱyurveda is one of the four Upavedas or secondary Vedic teachings, along with Gandharva Veda (music), Sthāpatya Veda (Archetectural science), and Dhanur Veda (military science). These Upavedas apply Vedic knowledge along specific lines to supplement the Vedic quest for wholeness and liberation. Ᾱyurveda evolved from Atharvaveda that deals with health care and cure is probably the most important of these because it addresses all aspects of health care and cure and well-being of body, mind and soul.
Ᾱyurveda has medico-social and medico philosophical approach to health care and cure. Ᾱyurveda seeks to create the conditions of longevity, health care and cure to a person by recommending a life style and special methods for rejuvenation of body, mind and soul. Ᾱyurveda is a holistic system of health care and cure that endorses an organic, systematic and ecological world view as against the fragmented mechanistic, non-systematic and ego-logical bias or orientation which the prestigious cosmopolitan therapy of Allopathy has carried with it ever since the French philosopher-mathematician-physician, Rene Descartes, chose to project man as a ‘clock’.
Ᾱyurveda therapy is holistic in nature in more ways than one.
· It looks at the body as a whole.
· It looks at prolongation of life.
· It looks at prevention and care in addition to cure.
· It looks at life style as an essential part for sound health and attaining of full life span.
· It looks at food as an essential ingredient of good health and cure apart from medication.
· It looks at body, mind and soul.
· It considers genetic, karmic and environmental factors.
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