About Ayurveda

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world. Its recorded origin goes back about 4500- 5000 years to the Vedic civilization of India. It’s one of the three great Vedic life sciences, the other two being Yoga and Tantra, each having a different main perspective on human life. The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning science of life, from two roots: Ayus meaning ‘life’ or ‘existence’ and Vid meaning ‘information’ or ‘science’. References to Ayurveda are found in the Atharva Veda, the fourth Veda, which deals with herbs, healing, and mantras to cure illness and prevention of diseases. Though this science survived the test of time, it took a while to be popular in the West but today, Ayurveda is a way of life and a go-to choice for many… Film stars, politicians, and new-age seekers from California to Camden Town, London now seek information about Ayurvedic massage and Therapy and the best practitioners.

The philosophy of Ayurveda is based on the theory of Panchmahabhutas (five primordial elements), which postulates that all objects and living bodies are composed of these five elements. The combinations of these five elements are represented in the form of Tridoshas viz. Vata (Ether+ Air), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Water+ Earth). These three `Doshas’ are physiological entities in living beings, whereas Satva, Rajas, and Tamas are the mental attributes. The structural entities of the human body are the matrix of Rasa, Rakta, Mansa Meda, Asthi, Majja, and Shukra and Ayurveda considers these as the 7 primary tissues with which the living body is made. Ayurveda aims to keep these structural and functional entities in a state of equilibrium which signifies good health (Swasthya). Any imbalance due to internal or external factors causes disease and the treatment consists of restoring the equilibrium through various interventions including therapeutic procedures, regimens, medicines, and lifestyle management.

During the Samhita period (1000 BC), Ayurveda developed with eight branches or specialties, collectively called ‘Ashtangas’ Following are the specialties of clinical medicine in Ayurveda: –

  1. Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine)
  1. Kaumar Bhritya (Pediatrics)
  1. Graha Chikitsa (Psychiatry)
  1. Shalakya (Eye, ENT and Dentistry)
  1. Shalya Tantra (Surgery)
  1. Agada-Tantra (Toxicology)
  1. Rasayana (Immuno-modulation and Gerontology)
  1. Vajikarna (Science of fertility and healthy progeny)

Canadian College of Ayurveda & Yoga offers Canadian students an opportunity to train extensively in Ayurveda and Yoga. It helps them explore new areas of healing patients and open doors to the ocean of eastern knowledge for better healthcare. Canadian College of Ayurveda and Yoga aims at transforming the lives of all those who enter the portals of CCAY by providing them with world-class education and training for success and to touch the lives of millions of people in need of safe, natural, and sustainable healthcare.

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