Ayurveda is the most ancient, systematic medical system dating back to 5000 years ago, that has stood the test of time till today. Ayurveda is made up of two words – Ayu denoting Life and Veda implying knowledge or science.
The “Knowledge of Life” and all that it encompasses is included in the entirety of Ayurveda. Why we are born, how our lives and body systems are interconnected with the natural world around us, the origins of the universe and of life, the changes of time and seasons, the way to live an ideal life, philosophy, plant and animal science, human science and medicine, psychology, education, social and spiritual health, scientific symposiums, and others are all included in Ayurveda.
Today Ayurved is practiced widely in India and around the world in hospitals, clinics, PHCs and other healthcare centres. The practice involves treatment of diseases using internal and external medicine, Panchakarma and allied therapies, Ayurvedic surgical interventions, ayurvedic ANC and PNC care, pediatric healthcare through Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle modification, Ayurvedic psychiatry (Manas Roga Chikitsa), Public health interventions, school health interventions, ENT and ophthalmic medicine, Ayurvedic Pre-conceptional Counselling and Therapy, Preventive and health-promoting Rasayana -Vajeekaran therapy, any many more.
At every instance, personalized medicine tailor-made by the doctor for the individual patient’s body constitution, genetic lineage, geography and lifestyle is an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment principles. The treatment is multifaceted and intricate – focused on the root cause of the disease condition by breaking the pathological complex.
In short, the aim of Ayurveda is stated as:
स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणं आतुरस्य विकार प्रशमनं च ll
– Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, 30/26
The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain (and promote) the health of the healthy and cure the diseases of the ill.
The primary focus is on prevention by encouraging practices that promote mental, social, physical and spiritual health. If disease arises, then Ayurveda embarks on the journey to restore the patient’s health back to normalcy.
The IPD houses male and female wards, for Kayachikitsa, Panchakarma, Shalya, Shalakya, Prasuti Vibhag, Streeroga, Kaumarbhritya, along with doctor’s and nurse rooms, storage rooms and all other required amenities. It also includes participation in Yoga, Meditation, awareness lectures, a properly balanced diet and lifestyle correction.