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What is Ayurveda?


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Traditional crusher used in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is defined as 'the science of life' according to many Ayurvedic physicians and scholars. But no one has ever been able to give a satisfactory interpretation of the word for the average reader. Nevertheless Ayurveda is known as a system of indigenous medicine unique to the Asia. Many consider it as some sort of an alternative way of treatment of various diseases and ailments. This system of medicine is more than 2000 years old. Ayurveda is the control of upaveda or "assistant information" in Vedic convention. The sources of Ayurveda are found in the Atharvaveda, which contains 114 psalms and spells portrayed as supernatural cures for illnesses. There are likewise different incredible records of the birthplace of Ayurveda, for example that it was derived from Dhanvantari (or Divodasa) from Brahma. Ayurvedic ways of treatments use spices,herbs and oils. 
In ancient times, a portion of the ideas of Ayurveda have been found following the seasons of Indus Valley Human progress and earlier. Ayurveda names three natural substances, or doshas (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha), and insists that the balance of the doshas results in well-being, while the imbalance results in  sickness. Ayurvedic physicians had created different restorative arrangements and surgical systems by the medieval period.

King Buddadasa who reigned from 341 – 370 AD in sri lanka was known as a great physician who practiced Ayurvedic medicine in sri lanka. There are a lot of legends woven around him. The way he treated and operated on both humans and animals. He is known as a king who even treated poisonous snakes using his Ayurvedic knowledge. nowadays there are many Ayurvedic hospitals in sri lanka. Both local and foreign patients come to these hospitals to get treatment. One noteworthy family in sri lanka that practices Ayurvedic medicine is Horavila family Better known as horiwila weda mahaththaya. He has taken ayurveda in sri lanka to a whole new level with his unique treatments using oils and massages.

Cutting edge ayurvedic drug is considered pseudoscientific. some analysts and critics think of it as a proto-science, an unscientific, or trans-science framework instead.
Despite all this criticism by different people , many are the miracles that Ayurveda has performed. Maybe there is no scientific basis to each and every treatment offered by Ayurveda but it has been able to treat some conditions which considered to be incurable by modern medicine. Perfect example can be the number of corona patients who recovered by taking some herbal remedies. still these recoveries are not backed by tests or science but at some point Ayurveda could deliver the goods.

Spices used in Ayurveda

Spices used in Ayurveda


Sri Lankan spices and herbs are part and parcel of the traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda or the Study of  Life is an old type of medicine where much emphasis is placed on food habits, also it emphasizes the importance of relying on natural stuff like herbs and ointments. In other words Ayurveda is a system of medicine practiced by the ancient people, utilizing very unique and natural solutions to accomplish physical and mental health.

Herbs, spices and their essences play a big role in Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments. Sri Lankan spices are utilized as scents, cleansers and cosmetics. There are quite a few herbs and spices which is added when making Ayurveda toothpaste. One of the main ingredients of this ayurveda toothpaste is cloves. this spice has the ability to numb the mouth. so whenever a sri lankan gets a toothache, he runs into the kitchen and starts to chew a couple of clove buds. And this numbs the mouth and the pain disappears. In fact cloves are a good home remedy for tooth ache. Those days that is about two or three decades back sri lankans used to have their own home made tooth paste. we can't call this stuff exactly a paste but it was a combination of about 10 spices like clove buds,clove leaves ,cinnamon bark,cinnamon essence etc. They crushed all these spices and used it to brush their teeth. This is part of the reason why sri lankans those days had very strong teeth. This tooth powder they made out of spices and herbs  could decrease the arrangement of tarter in the teeth and sticky substance in gums that produces germs and microbes, likewise could work against pyorrhea and gingivitis, and could keep the mouth fresh throughout the day. Not only Cloves are prescribed  for toothache but also for sore throats.
Nutmeg and dark pepper improves appetite,
Ginger helps to digest foods and aloe blended with coconut oil makes a fabulous sun cream while citronella repulses bugs. 
These are a few of the many spices used in Ayurveda