Ayurveda Medicines, Ayurvedic Herbs and Ayurvedic Treatments
Ayurveda is not just only about treating diseases. Ayurveda is just about leading a healthy life in a physical, mental and divine level. The food items we eat, the air we breathe, the freshness of nature we experience, the fragrance we smell, the good sights we enjoy, all have potential medicinal values.
This is best illustrated by the story of Jeevaka's test. It is the final test assigned by Jeevaka's Acharya (teacher) Athreya.
Jeevaka (Jivaka), like other disciples of Atreya had to bring a herb or a leaf with no medicinal value. Jivaka, could not find such a plant or a herb. However, it was only a manifestation of superior knowledge he had on the value of plants, herbs and all elements of nature.
Jivaka explained that whatever plant he saw had some medicinal property, which can be used under optimum conditions for best results. He said even the slanting sunrays, cool breeze, the sound of water flowing through a rivulet, the singing of birds too have medicinal properties. Some have medicinal qualities to treat physical ailments while others have powers to cure mental disturbances.
One should look at Ayurveda medicines in this light. Nothing on the earth is without a reason. Every leaf, flower, root and stem has medicinal qualities under specific conditions.
Have a look at Ayurvedic medicines prepared by Ayurvedic herbs for different Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurvedic medicines are prepared by a combination of selected roots, leaves or stems of Ayurvedic medicinal herbs. These herbs form part of Ayurvedic massage oil, Ayurvedic herbal decoctions called kashaya, Ayurvedic jam called Rasayana, Ayurvedic Ghee called ghrita etc.
According to Ayurveda, diseases can occur when there is a slight imbalance in the basic humors of human body - vata, pitta and kapha, which collectively is known as tridosha or three doshas.
Ayurvedic treatment is a method of restoring balance of human system through proper application of medicine by drinking, eating or application by massaging.
Preparations of medicines are under controlled conditions. Slight variations from standard condition can spoil the medicine.
There are also quality standards for the medicinal herbs collected for Ayurveda medicine preparation.