Ayurveda- The Eternal Science of Life
As the years pass the scientific community is forced to republish their works on the average life expectancy and other bodily parameters due to health compromising culture of daily life. The incidence rate of morbidity and mortality though has been in tug of war with contemporary practices of health, medicine and research, this havoc of morbidity has been infesting humans since the beginning of mankind. Science of Ayurveda has forecasted the decline in the quality of life thousands of years before. Ayurveda commonly designated as the science of life, has strived all odds against invasions, including the changes in extremist approach from rational to spiritual in terms of diagnosis and intervention. The good old science of Ayurveda is beyond the materialistic science of medicine, where cream of philosophy has been incorporated with time tested science for the understanding of manifest from unmanifest, physiology of human mind and body, anatomy, pathology and its understanding for health management and so on. Ayurveda focuses on maintaining health in a healthy individual and preventing diseases and intervening diseases in an afflicted individual. Ayurveda believes the root cause of disease as abnormal perception of senses coupled with mind, which the contemporary science struggles to find an foot hold through objective parameters. Daily regimen including food and drinks to be consumed, garments to be worn, etc. has been beautifully explained in the initial verses of classical Ayurveda literature. Ayurveda also covers the knowledge of multiple disciplines such as basic principles of Ayurveda, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmaceutics, knowledge on pharmacokinetics and dynamics, pharmacology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Surgery, ENT & Supraclavicular disorders, Paediatrics, Panchakarma, General Medicine, Forensics and Toxicology, etc. Apart from this gross division, Ayurveda deals with various interesting concepts and practices, making it a unique science dealing the life. It has been proved through authentic research practices medications and therapies in Ayurveda has been seen very effective in neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, hepatobiliary disorders, integumentary system disorders and so on, that seems to be challenging for the contemporary science. Ayurveda gives immense importance to mind, hence the science is sturdy not just in intervening somatic disorders, but psychocological and psychosomatic disorders are approached successfully with its understanding on Dosha (body humors), Dhatu (tissues), Mala (metabolic waste), etc. This makes Ayurveda as an effective science to tackle health related problems in the 21st century and a future science, where more research works are demanded for revalidating and implementing for the benefit of mankind and science.
Dr Ravindrakumar Arahunsi
Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda
SGT University, Gurugram