“The longer I remain in India, and the more I see the country and the people, the more convinced I am that their ancestors  knew ages ago many things which are nowadays being brought forward as new discoveries.”

What is Ayurveda?

The system known as Ayurveda, based on both prevention and cure, has been practised in India for over 5000 years. The word Ayurveda comes from the sanskrit « ayus » (life) and « veda » (knowledge or science) – Ayurveda is therefore the science, or knowledge, of life. It incarnates the wisdom of visionnary men and women who helped the tradition evolve from before the pyramids were built, down through the centuries to modern-day life. For Ayurveda is a living science, practised daily by millions of people, the knowledge passed on from generation to generation.

Ayurveda is composed of 8 fields :
1) kaya (general medicine)
2) shalya (surgery)
3) shalakya (ear, nose, throat, mouth & eye)
4) bhuta vidhya (psychiatry)
5) kaumara bhritya (pediatry)
6) agada (toxicology)
7) rasayana (rejuvenation)
8) vajikarana (science of aphrodisiacs)

Ayurveda is the oldest known medical system and, putting aside its mythological elements, enough ancient references exist to prove the authenticity of this hindu science. It is still the leading method of medicine practised in India today.

5 elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether constitute the basic makeup of all animate or inanimate phenomena. In a human being, these 5 elements manifest themselves through the appearance of 3 biological doshas (or humours) : wind (vata), bile (pitta) and phlegm (kapha). When these 3 are balanced, the homeostasis of the body is in harmony, and the body is healthy. All ayurvedic science consists of finding this balance.

Rasayanas

The 7th field of Ayurveda, Rasayana, englobes the Venus DC range of products. Ayurvedic texts describing longevity and rejuvenation list plants and minerals, which alone or combined are classified under the term « Rasayana » (approximately translated as « the infusion of the essence of life »)

Rasayanas are not « fountain of youth » potions, but seek to repair cellular memory loss. Each plant is a different « set » of vibrations which correspond to a vibration of the quantic body. Rasayanas introduce a subtle signal into the body – they « speak » to the doshas and directly influence the flux of internal intelligence.

Because there are similarities everywhere in Nature, an ayurvedic doctor will consider that plants, primordial sounds, precious stones, colours, aromas and food can all play their part in an effective remedy.
 
In ayurvedic medicine, plants take an extremely important role - thousands of them are prescribed. However plants are not the same as modern industrial medicines, they have a more gentle and general effect (they have been likened to « concentrated nutrition »).

It is important to note that ayurvedic preparations are made from the entire plant – this way the active element in a given plant combines with other substances from that plant to give a « buffer » effect against any undesireable side effects. In other terms, in Ayurveda the entire plant is part of Nature’s pharmacy, whereas in modern industrial medicine only the active element is considered useful.

What makes rasayanas so complex is the fact that, not only are they based upon fruits and plants unknown in the West, but also because they isolate the desired effect of a given ingredient. It is vital to know the correct moment for picking the plant, to know for how long and using what method one should cook the plant, and in what proportion to combine it with other plants. The receipe for a simple rasayana could need 50 ingredients, each of which must be meticulously dosed !

 

 

       

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