21 Facts About Ayurveda


Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.

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Ayurveda therapies have varied and evolved over more than two millennia.

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Ancient Ayurveda texts taught surgical techniques, including rhinoplasty, kidney stone extractions, sutures, and the extraction of foreign objects.

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Main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the gods to sages, and then to human physicians.

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Ayurveda practitioners had developed various medicinal preparations and surgical procedures from at least the beginning of the common era.

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Term Ayurveda is composed of ayus, ???, "life" or "longevity", and veda, ??, "knowledge", translated as "knowledge of longevity" or "knowledge of life and longevity".

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Central theoretical ideas of Ayurveda show parallels with Samkhya and Vaisheshika philosophies, as well as with Buddhism and Jainism.

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Practitioners of Ayurveda must determine an individual's bodily and mental dosha makeup, as certain prakriti are said to predispose one to particular diseases.

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Ayurveda has eight ways to diagnose illness, called Nadi, Mootra (urine), Mala (stool), Jihva (tongue), Shabda (speech), Sparsha (touch), Druk (vision), and Aakruti (appearance).

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Ayurveda uses alcoholic beverages called Madya, which are said to adjust the doshas by increasing pitta and reducing vatta and kapha.

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Ayurveda says that both oil and tar can be used to stop bleeding, and that traumatic bleeding can be stopped by four different methods: ligation of the blood vessel, cauterisation by heat, use of preparations to facilitate clotting, and use of preparations to constrict the blood vessels.

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Ayurveda is widely practiced in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal where public institutions offer formal study in the form of a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree.

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Global Ayurveda encompasses multiple forms of practice that developed through dispersal to a wide geographical area outside of India.

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Since the 1980s, Ayurveda has become the subject of interdisciplinary studies in ethnomedicine which seeks to integrate the biomedical sciences and humanities to improve the pharmacopeia of Ayurveda.

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Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine developed during antiquity and the medieval period, and as such is comparable to pre-modern Chinese and European systems of medicine.

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Ayurveda's teachings led to the establishment of the Mount Madonna Institute.

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Ayurveda invited several notable Ayurvedic teachers, including Vasant Lad, Sarita Shrestha, and Ram Harsh Singh.

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In India, research in Ayurveda is undertaken by the Ministry of AYUSH through a national network of research institutes.

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Tradition holds that the writings of Ayurveda were influenced by a lost text by the sage Agnivesa.

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Ayurveda is one of the few systems of medicine developed in ancient times that is still widely practiced in modern times.

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Ayurveda became a part of the Indian National healthcare system, with state hospitals for Ayurveda established across the country.

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