Ayurveda is a way of life and is considered as the fifth Veda after RigVeda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda all of which are certain ways of life. Ayurveda is the way of life that improves the longevity of life and thus is more worldly and material than other Vedas. The English saying “Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” rather sums up the basic principle of Ayurveda. Early rise and an oily bath is a feature of Ayurvedic way of life. It is this feature that further extends to the treatment schedule in various formats.
According to Ayurveda the five elements namely water, earth, air, space and fire combine to form three basic characteristics namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha which fundamentally determines the health and ill health of a Person. Ayurvedic treatment corrects the imbalance of these characteristics which in fact is the main cause that leads to diseases.
The Panchakarma treatment which cleans and purifies the body from the excess of Vata. Pitta and Kapha forms the basis of all Ayurvedic treatments. The Panchakarma treatments are namely Vamana, Virechana, Vasti, Nasyam and Rakthamokshana.
The Panchakarma treatment invigorates the person by improving his energy levels, Flushes out presence of excess toxin, provides relief and liberation from various poignancy the body suffers, clears digestive problems, prevents diseases by raising the immunity strengths and sooths the mind and makes the intellect clear.
This medical system which developed in India thousands of years ago was traditionally learned. Later colleges were established and now it’s a recognised graduation and post-graduation process with facilities for research.
The medical system is reputed for its safety since no side effects or after effects are induced by the treatment or medicines.