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Eight components[ edit ] The earliest classical Sanskrit works on Ayurveda describe medicine as being divided into eight components Skt. Principles and terminology[ edit ] Further information: The word "ayurveda" is Sanskrit: Like the medicine of classical antiquity, Ayurveda has historically divided bodily substances into five classical elementsSanskrit panchamahabhutaviz.
These are organized in ten pairs: With regards to oral hygieneit is claimed to be a toxic byproduct generated by improper or incomplete digestion.
Ayurveda also names three elemental bodily humors, the doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kaphaand states that a balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease. One Ayurvedic view is that the doshas are balanced when they are equal to each other, while another view is that each human possesses a unique combination of the doshas which define this person's temperament and characteristics.
In either case, it says that each person should modulate their behavior or environment to increase or decrease the doshas and maintain their natural state.
In medieval taxonomies of the Sanskrit knowledge systems, Ayurveda is assigned a place as a subsidiary Veda upaveda. Another part of Ayurvedic treatment says that there are channels srotas which transport fluids, and that the channels can be opened up by massage treatment using oils and Swedana fomentation.
Unhealthy, or blocked, channels are thought to cause disease. Ayurveda follows the concept of Dinacharyawhich says that natural cycles waking, sleeping, working, meditation etc. Hygiene, including regular bathing, cleaning of teeth, tongue scrapingskin care, and eye washing, is also a central practice.
In the 19th century, William Dymock and co-authors summarized hundreds of plant-derived medicines along with the uses, microscopic structure, chemical composition, toxicology, prevalent myths and stories, and relation to commerce in British India. In addition, fats are prescribed both for consumption and for external use.
Consumption of minerals, including sulphurarseniclead, copper sulfate and gold, are also prescribed. Ayurveda uses alcoholic beverages called Madya,  which are said to adjust the doshas by increasing Pitta and reducing Vatta and Kapha.
The intended outcomes can include causing purgation, improving digestion or taste, creating dryness, or loosening joints.
Ayurvedic texts describe Madya as non-viscid and fast-acting, and say that it enters and cleans minute pores in the body. The sedative and pain-relieving properties of opium are not considered in Ayurveda.
The use of opium is not found in the ancient Ayurvedic texts, and is first mentioned in the Sarngadhara Samhita CEa book on pharmacy used in Rajasthan in Western India, as an ingredient of an aphrodisiac to delay male ejaculation.
In this drug, the respiratory depressant action of opium is counteracted by the respiratory stimulant property of Camphor. Oils are also used in a number of ways, including regular consumption, anointing, smearing, head massage, application to affected areas,  [ not in citation given ] and oil pulling.
Liquids may also be poured on the patient's forehead, a technique called shirodhara. Cataract surgery is mentioned in the Sushruta Samhitaas a procedure to be performed with a jabamukhi salaka, a curved needle used to loosen the obstructing phlegm and push it out of the field of vision.
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Ayurveda (/ ˌ ɑː j ʊər ˈ v iː d ə, -ˈ v eɪ-/) is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of alternative medicine.
In countries beyond India, Ayurveda therapies and practices have been integrated in general wellness applications and in some cases in medical use. Message from the Chair. Welcome to the Department of Medicine at the UT Health San Antonio. The Department of Medicine is the largest department in the School of Medicine and is committed to excellence in clinical care, education and research.