India attracts hordes of tourists because of its natural charm, cultural uniqueness and their variety along with exceptional historical background and best of climates. But these are not just the aspects which attract tourists from all over the world to India, Ayurveda is also one of the major attracting factors. Not just foreign tourists, Ayurvedic art Indian culture attracts huge number of domestic tourists as well.
A Sanskrit word, Ayurveda has been derived from two words-“ayur” which means life and “veda” meaning knowledge. As a whole, it means the science of life. Ayurveda is not a medical system unlike how many people perceive it to be. It, as whole, is a way of life. It encompasses physical as well as spiritual health. Ayurveda is a combination of two- the laws of nature and the Science of Life.
According to the laws of nature which take care of the medicinal part, life is a result of combination of senses, mind, body and soul. And according to the Science of Life which deals with the structural aspect is a combination of five elements- prithvi or earth, apa or water, tejas or fire, vayu or air and akash or space..
For instance, the same has been said in Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, 1.42-43- “"Life is the combination of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond."
With a history that can be traced back to more than 5000 years, Ayurveda is one of the most ancient ways presenting an alternative way of treating soul and body. There are many philosophical texts which are apparently one of the oldest books talking about ayurveda. Along with the Rig Veda, the Sutra Sthana of Charaka Samhita is a highly referred ayurvedic text.
The golden period for Ayurveda was during 500 AD to 1900 AD. During this period, sixteen of the major Nighantus or supplementary texts on Ayurveda such as Dhanvantari Bhavaprakasha, Raja and Shaligram, etc. were written.
In these texts many new drugs have been encompassed and detailed expansions of applications along with identification of new substitution for old drugs. Almost 1814 varieties of plants have been discussed in these texts which clearly showcase the richness of the system and its efficiency.
According to Ayurveda, bodies are of seven types and based on that the way to deal with them also differs. Some of these are mono-types (vata, pitta or kapha predominant), dual types (vata-pitta, pitta-kapha or, kapha-vata) and equal types, (vata, pitta and kapha in equal proportions). According to it, all body types are mix of these three doshas in a unique way.
Understanding these basics about individuals is important in Ayurveda to provide a wholesome treatment as according to it, the problem or any kind of illness occurs due to the imbalance of these three doshas- vata, pitta and kapha. One can cure all these problems by bringing a balance in lifestyle along with following nutritional guidelines and if required taking herbal ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurveda generally encompasses various methods for basic healing using daily regime, yoga, aroma, meditation, gems, amulets, herbs, diet, colours, and surgery if needed. All forms of nature are used for treating patients. With Ayurveda by your side, you can refresh yourself in the best way possible.
Ayurveda was born as an upaveda of Atharva Veda. However, there are connections with other vedas as well. For instance, Yajur Veda, speaks about how to soothe the panchamahabhutas so as to heal both the soul and body of an individual. This is closely related to ayurvedic principles and regulations.
Even the upaveda called Dhanur Veda which deals with the martial arts talks about treatment of various sensitive points of the body. This is again similar to the Ayurvedic concept of massages and exercises.
Ayurveda promises a complete rejuvenation of the body and in a way which is herbal and doesn’t have any harmful effects. It has been acknowledge widely all over the world because of its extensive and local and age old ways of treatment.
The Ayurveda offers ample of options for relaxing providing a perfect break from pressure of our daily lives. India has various centres in many states offering best of ayurvedic services to their guests. The best of the Ayurvedic centre can be found in the state of Kerala which see enormous tourism because of Ayurveda every year.
There are many tourists resort offering best of luxury and comfort along with a perfect touch of nature and Ayurveda to pamper their guests.