Word ‘आयुर्वेद’, is free from any reference to medicine, cure, therapy. The word has only one meaning i.e. science of life and living.Insult if compared it with any -pathy.
There are number of differences among digestive fire and ability to absorb nutrients at all 7 layers of dhatu by different individuals. Even in same individuals, digestive fire changes rapidly based on environmental factors.
Since आयुर्वेद is a science, it naturally takes care of factors influencing living. Factors not limited to geographical, climatic, seasonal, racial, familial, behavioral, constitutional, and dietetic.
Take fore example of वामकुक्षी or siesta. It is normal to sleep during summer! Or every day if you are living in a terrain where temperature remains above 40 for most months of the year. Go to western India and you will still find shops closed in afternoon in major Gujarat cities. They need it, they deserve it.
This part of considering all influencing factors is lacking in modern medicine. Modern medicine uselessly prescribe or rather bombards medicines by ignoring most of these influencing factors.
1) All Ayurvedic Samhitas aimed at the increase of the vital energy i.e. ओजस. Or in other words, they prefer to increase prana Shakti by various means.
2) It is Prana that heals magically.
3) Complete healing is possible when doctor touches all layers of पञ्चकोषीय शरीर. It is impossible for all doctors to heal completely. Majority doctors work on स्थूल शरीर only. Only few know to connect with प्राणमय शरीर. And handful of gems can create impact on मनोमय & आनंदमय and beyond. 4) If you are a doctor, you must do Sadhana regularly. You must follow rituals to cleanse your पञ्चकोषीय शरीर.
Part 1 of 4) If you are a doctor, you must do Sadhana regularly.
-> This is necessary to refine doctor’s own senses. Without razor sharp senses and intellect, it is not possible to detect right cause of disease. Even after so many modern diagnosis tools, doctors fail. Why? Answer lies in here.
-> To reach out to patient’s all layers of पञ्चकोषीय शरीर is not a kid’s job. It requires God’s blessing and intense tapas.
Part 2 of 4)
-> Karmic debts does not vanish. Modern doctors use hand sanitizers after treating patients so that they remain safe from physical toxic waste of the patient. The real doctor ( who is capable of uprooting diseases from all layers) does get affected by patient’s different layers of body. To serve the community for long, doctor must cleanse his/her own पञ्चकोषीय शरीर too. There is reference to this in Aghora book.
“Now we are beginning to find out that the Hindu Shastras also contain a Sanitary Code no less correct in principal, and that the great law-giver, Manu, was one of the greatest sanitary reformers the world has ever seen.”
-Lord Ampthill, 1905
“The Ancient Hindus attained as thorough a proficiency in medicine and surgery as any people whose acquisitions are recorded. This might be expected, because their patient attention and natural shrewdness would render them excellent observers, whilst the extent and fertility of their native country would furnish them with many valuable drugs and medicaments. Their diagnosis is said, in consequence, to define and distinguish symptoms with great accuracy, and their Materia Medica is most voluminous.”
– Professor Wilson
“In surgery, too, the Indians seem to have attained a special proficiency, and in this department, European surgeons might, perhaps, even at the present day still learn something from them, as indeed they have already borrowed from them the operation of rhinoplasty.”
– Mr. Weber
The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. They conducted amputations, arresting the bleeding by pressure, a cup-shaped bandage and boiling oil; practiced lithotomy ; performed operations in the abdomen and uterus ; cured hernia, fistula, piles ; set broken bones and dislocations ; and were dexterous in the ex-traction of foreign substances from the body. A special branch of surgery was devoted to rhinoplasty, or operation for improving deformed ears and noses and forming new ones, a useful operation which European surgeons have now borrowed. The ancient Indian surgeons also mention a cure for neuralgia, analogous to the modern cutting of the fifth nerve above the eyebrow. They devoted great care to the making of surgical instruments, and to the training of students by means of operations performed on wax spread on a board or on the tissues and cells of the vegetable kingdom, and upon dead animals. They were expert in midwifery, not shrinking from the most critical operations, and in the diseases of women and children. Their practice of physic embraced the classifications, causes, symptoms and treatment of diseases, diagnosis and prognosis. Considerable advances were also made in veterinary science, and monographs exist on the diseases of horses, elephants, etc.”
In last part, we tried to understand word Pitta’s meanings and relation with Agni. In this, we will begin by understanding Agni in terms of Panchamahabhuta.
The world is formed by five basic elemental states called पञ्चमहाभूत. They are Prithvi, Apa, Teja, Vayu and Akash.
What is Panchamahabhuta? (पञ्चमहाभूत)
***पञ्चमहाभूत क्या होते हैं ?
जिनसे समग्र भौतिक पदार्थों का निर्माण हुआ है, उनको पञ्चमहाभूत कहा जाता है ।
पञ्चमहाभूत कौन कौन से हैं ?
सर्वं द्रव्यं पाञ्चभौतिकम् | Every substance contains all five states. Mark the difference here. Unlike modern science, we are not yet identifying elements as in chemistry. These are 5 different states. All substances gets its properties, characteristics or design from the permutations and combinations of these five basic states and their contribution in present state of the substance.
Material world as we see, and are being part of it, is evolved out of the mula Prakriti. All matter of the world have three basic properties i.e. Sattva, rajas, tamas. Transformation of the universe is not possible without these three properties. These properties are confined in mula prakriti in the state of balance in an unmanifest form. The शून्य स्थिति. When the equilibrium is lost, manifested world emerges.
In this process of becoming manifest, mula prakriti creates Mahat or Buddhi. Then emerges Ego. This is followed by creation of Manas and set of Indriya (mind and senses).
As per Sankhya philosophy, senses are formed from the Sattva part of ego, with the help of Rajas. The तन्मात्रा(s) are formed from Tamas, with the help of rajas.
And from these तन्मात्रा(s), panch-mahabhuta(s) emerges.
Before we understand Panch-mahabhita, it is good to understand our core nature, मूल प्रकृति or our base class.
Here is the first part of N-part series.
शरीर, as per Sanskrit roots, is that which continuously undergoes destruction, catabolic nature. Degeneration, decay, to be rendered to pieces are natural phenomenon for शरीर.
देह , as per Sanskrit roots, that which continuously grow, anabolic nature. To develop and grow into larger identity is natural phenomenon for देह.
काया = शरीर + देह = Anabolic + Catabolic = Construction + Destruction
Gross body is made up of 5 basic elements i.e. पंचमहाभूत
Subtle body is made up of 5 तन्मात्रा (English translation – Sorry I don’t have)
Casual body signifies त्रिगुण (sattva, rajas, tamas) impressions.
5 basic elements are
आकाश, वायु, अग्नि, जल, पृथ्वी
Their essence is called तन्मात्रा
तन्मात्रा(s) are subtle and beyond our perceptions. They are unmixed with other kind of material, property or energy.
5 Tanmatras are : Sound, Touch, Form, Taste and smell.
As long as Agni is concerned, it is Rupa or Form that predominates. And so Agni state represents body complexion, sharpness, digestion and penetration. It is responsible for Vision (not just physical vision but all sorts of visions). Special attributes are Temperature and Conversion.
As per Charak, Shushrut and Vagbhatta, Agni elemental state dominates Pitta.
In terms of Dosha, fire represents Pitta, with the help of Apa(water).
In terms of Guna, fire represents Rajas, with the help of Vayu.
If you are from medical field, this is not new fact (I hope so! 😉 ) but sharing for general mass living under Genetics dogma.
You and me, are groomed by Watson-Crick Structure of DNA. Very powerful concept. Right? Even so many discoveries based on it. Every other day, we discover a gene responsible something!
Let me share two simple facts.
1) Red blood cells (RBC) are the most common type of blood cell and the vertebrate’s principal means of delivering oxygen (O2) to the body tissues—via blood flow through the circulatory system. RBCs take up oxygen in the lungs, or gills of fish, and release it into tissues while squeezing through the body’s capillaries.
These red blood cells naturally throw away their nuclei , containing all of their genes, during maturation process, yet they continue to live for around 120 days after purging genes containing nuclei!
What cell biologist Bruce lipton has to say?
The notion that the nucleus and its genes are the “brain” of the cell is an untenable and illogical hypothesis. If the brain is removed from an animal, disruption of physiologic integration would immediately lead to the organism’s death. If the nucleus truly represented the brain of the cell, then removal of the nucleus would result in the cessation of cell functions and immediate cell death. However, experimentally enucleated cells may survive for two or more months with out genes, and yet are capable of effecting complex responses to environmental and cytoplasmic stimuli (Lipton, et al., Differentiation 1991, 46:117-133). Logic reveals that the nucleus can not be the brain of the cell!
2) On the other side, A cell that kept its genes but lost the function of its proteins would be dead within seconds. Yes! Within seconds!
This is where we must break the dogma that genes are command center of our body! It is environment within cell, outside cell, outside organism, that is responsible for protein movements which in turn decode the genes and help cell survive beyond 120 days like RBCs!
What is the benefit of breaking this gene-centered dogma?
Too many benefits! You will start understanding value of microbes! Energy fields. Prana. Indra (electrical fields). Internal wind (Vayu/Vata) channels, external environment! You will start caring about your life habits, food, your local environment, water, air! Healthy life will be easy to achieve and we can shift so many doctors for more constructive work like combating natural epidemics (certain natural cycles we cannot avoid and their impact on local population) than exploiting gullible patients! We can truly achieve preventive care!
As we age, our prakriti changes from Kapah in childhood, Pitta in middle age and Vata during old age. Problem with modern living, devoid of common sense legacy (due to disrespect for elders, traditions and science of living), we never change our diet according to our age. This lead to unimagined chaos in the GUT. Too many toxins or Ama. I see so many above 60s, eating in restaurant quite often! Disasters in making, for self and for family!
Ageing is a multidimensional process of physical, physiological and psychological degenerative change. Ayurveda has precise prescriptions for all. Lest we pay attention to the roots!
Read this modern research to realize and respect our roots. Adjust your food intake and food selection as per your age.
Assessment of dietary factors, dietary practices and exercise on mental distress in young adults versus matured adults: A cross-sectional study
The importance of the diet in modulating mental health is uncovering as many dietary factors have been described to alter brain chemistry. Brain maturation may not complete until the age of 30 which may explain the differential emotional control, mindset, and resilience between young adults and matured adults. As a result, dietary factors may influence mental health differently in these two populations.
Objectives: To study dietary intake, dietary practices and exercise in young adults (YA) (18–29 years) versus matured adults (MA) (30 years and older) in relation to mental distress. Another aim was to assess whether mental well-being potentially stimulates healthy eating, healthy practices, and exercising.
Methods: An anonymous internet-based survey was sent through social media platforms to different professional and social group networks. Best-fit models were constructed using the backward regression analysis to assess the relationship between dietary variables, exercise, and mental distress in YA versus MA.
Results: YA mood seems to be dependent on food that increases availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain (such as frequent meat consumption and exercise, respectively). However, MA mood may be more reliant on food that increases availability of antioxidants (fruits) and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the sympathetic nervous system (coffee, high glycemic index, and skipping breakfast).
Discussion and conclusion: Level of brain maturation and age-related changes in brain morphology and functions may necessitate dietary adjustments for improving mental well-being.
As per Ayurveda, in tropical weather like most part of India has, eating leafy vegetables in daily meal is not preferable.
1) Vegetables demand high अग्निबल (जठरअग्नि & धातुअग्नि).क्षय of digestive fire.
2) It disturbs प्राणमय कोष and accelerates अपान वायु movements.
3) Derangement of Vayu means early aging. Weak bones, weak eyes and grey hairs.
Those who are prescribing more and more leafy vegetables have somehow their base in western science originated in cold regions of the Earth. For them, अपान acceleration and high अग्निबल (जठरअग्नि & धातुअग्नि) is required for proper digestion and stool passing.
In Bharat, if you do not have luxury to eat vegetables, it is perfectly fine! Our main food is: दाल, रोटी, पराठा, चावल, peas, beans, lentils.
And if you really want to eat vegetables, follow following suggestions:
1) Use fresh vegetables. Fresh = प्राणवान so प्राण supplement for digestion process
2) Use only ripen vegetables. Not so old and not so infant.
3) Wash vegetables 2-3 times. Use salted water to clean.
4) Do not refrigerate vegetables. Use fresh. Zero tolerance.
5) Cut vegetables only during cooking. Do not use pre-cut vegetables.Do not keep cut vegetables for more than 1 hr.
6) Do not over-fry, over-cook. Half-baked is fine.
7) Always use multiple vegetables together to balance eachother’s dosha
8) In different regions, there is tradition to add सेव,कोफ्ता. It is good.
9) User all kitchen masala as per need in cooking.
10) Boiled is better than fried. Even soup or juice is better.
प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण – Direct visible evidences are more trusted by Ayurveda. What microscope can decipher, Man’s mighty brain too can process and decipher, more precisely.
Do you really need a scientific calculator to calculate parabolic path of the ball hit by a batsman, for a caught and bowled wicket?
No. With practice, we fine-tune our judgement and it become rock solid one day.
Same is the case of clinical observations. Due to over-use of technology, doctors are losing this vital skill.
Genuine Ayurvedic Doctor still rely on own intuition. He or she will follow standard 8 point examination carefully. Those are:
4) various auscultatory findings,
7) eyes, and
8) body strength.
Try it. Out of all doctors you know, observe who examines above 8 points. Irrespective of their branch. Be it Allopath or Homeopath or Ayurvedic or any local healthcare system of the world. Those doctors treatment will be more precise who trust their own senses and conclude.
In fact, with practice, everyone can become own doctor. That is real open source system.
What is science?
Study of the physical and natural world using theoretical models and data from experiments or observations.
What is pseudo-science?
An activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions
Let me share two examples here. You decide, what is science and what is pseudo-science.
In the 1950s two new drugs became available to treat common problems in pregnancy. One was thalidomide and the other was diethylstilbestrol, otherwise known as DES.
These were drugs that were considered safe for pregnant women and had actual or purported benefits.Between 1957 and 1961, thousands of women were prescribed thalidomide. In 1960 it could be purchased over the counter in Germany without a prescription.
At least ten thousand to twenty thousand babies were born with serious birth defects, mostly involving limb development, with shortened or missing arms and legs, as well as anomalies of the pelvis, eyes, and ears. Many defects were lethal.
A drug proven safe based on so called scientific studies failed miserably.
DES is similar story. Google and read about it.
Science or Pseudo-science?
From time immemorial, Turmeric is prescribed by Ayurveda as life enriching drug. There is no side effect reported so far. When used as per prescriptions, it surely gives results.
There are at least 1000+ such prescriptions by Ayurvedic texts.
Science or pseudo-science?
Only educated arrogant will live in self-denial mode.
Art of scientific study is not in transforming natural phenomenons into complex formulas and patents but to simplify them to the level that it becomes common sense and anyone can use knowledge to live happy life.
Ayurveda passes this test. Modern medicine fails miserably.
“clear cell adenocarcinoma (cancer of the cervix and vagina), birth defects, and other developmental abnormalities in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant; increased risk of breast cancer, higher risk of death from breast cancer; risk of cancer in children of mothers taking the drug including raised risk of breast cancer after age 40; increased risk of fertility and pregnancy complications, early menopause, testicular abnormalities; potential risks for third generation children (the grandchildren of women who took the drug) but they are unclear as studies are just beginning
Studies in the 1950s showed the drug was not effective at preventing miscarriages, premature labor, or other pregnancy complications.”