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The Ancient Science of Ayurveda

There are four Vedas, which are Rig-Veda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. The Vedas date back to about five thousand years. They preach the philosophy of life. The Atharvaveda contains the principles of healing on which Ayurveda is based.‘Ayur’ means ‘life’ in Sanskrit. Ayurveda is the most ancient science of healing which enhances longevity. It has influenced many of the older traditional methods of healing including Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicine. Hence, Ayurveda is considered by many as the ‘mother of healing.’ 

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Panchatatva Wellness Clinic - Ayurveda Experiences at Panchatatva

At Panchatatva, Ayurveda forms an intrinsic part of the wellness regime for the guests. From massages and specialized diet program to fulfill personal goals to the more rigorous transformations in lifestyle, the experience will be designed keeping in mind the individual’s desire to heal, cleanse, relax and revitalize. One of cardinal principles of Ayurveda is that there is no dividing line in human personality between the mind and the body.
The mind is body and the body is mind. Also, that if beautifying the mind is to beautify the body, the converse is equally true. Beautifying the body is to beautify the soul. With qualified Ayurveda doctors and therapists to administer treatments ranging from therapeutic massages to more rigorous modes of toxic elimination, the Ayurvedic therapies at Panchtatva are strongly rooted in ancient traditions, while keeping in mind contemporary preferences and comforts.
The authenticity and our commitment to this ancient life system are evident in the use of age-old powders; oils, vessels, wooden beds, treatment rituals and qualified therapists trained in traditional Ayurvedic schools.  Therapy program are prescribed by the physician after a detailed consultation, which specifies daily routines, diet and wellness activities. The consultation focuses on balancing the three bio energetic forces in the human body, namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
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The Practical Tenets of Ayurveda

  • Kaya Chikitsa - The word ‘kaya’ (body) not only refers to the gross body of a person but to the subtle body as well. This natural alternative medicine recognizes that the body of a person is the product of the constant psychosomatic interactions.
  • Shalya Chikitsa - Shalya Chikitsa or surgery is the branch of Ashtang Ayurveda, which deals with the surgery aspects of Ayurveda in ancient India, surgery was principally pioneered by Ayurveda. The name of the sage-physician, Susruta, is synonymous with surgery.
  • Shalakya (Urdhvanga) Chikitsa - Treatment of eyes, ears, nose, throat and head
  • Bala (Kaumar-Bhritya) Chikitsa - Paediatrics, Gynaecology-Obsterics (pregnant ladies & babies) 
  • Rasayana (Jara) Chikitsa - Gerontology (Care of the elderly and Rejuvenation therapy) 
  • Vajikarana (Vrishya Chikitsa)
  • Sexology (acquiring virile strength) (Aphrodisiacs) 
  • Bhoot Vidya (Graha Chikitsa)
  • Spiritual therapy, Psychiatry (Psychiatry Medicine) 
  • Visha Chikitsa (Agad tantra)
  • Toxicology (Antidotes to poisons) 


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Based on the World Health Assembly resolution on traditional medicine (WHA62.13, compare as well the 2008 Beijing declaration on traditional medicine), the WHO has established a traditional medicine strategy, which involves, among other complementary health systems, Ayurveda. The first previous global strategy was published in 2002 and dealt especially with herbal medicines. The current version (2014-2023) is beginning to consider aspects of T& CM practices and practitioners and whether and how they should be integrated into overall health service delivery. It is as well part of the 2013 WHO, WIPO, WTO TRIPS study on health innovation and access to medicines.

The WTO mentions Ayurveda in its intellectual property strategy. Traditional medicine, including Ayurveda, contributes significantly to the health status of many communities, and is increasingly used within certain communities in developed countries. Traditional medicine has a long history of use in health maintenance and in disease prevention and treatment, particularly for chronic diseases. Suitable recognition of traditional medicine is an important element of national health policies and has as well important basis for new products with significant export potential. WTO, WIPO and WHO ask for respect for both the economic value and the social and cultural significance of traditional knowledge and supports documentation of traditional medical knowledge and enhanced regulation of quality, safety and efficacy of such products. The WHO paper asks to integrate traditional and complementary medicine services, where appropriate, into health care service delivery and self-health care and to promote improved universal health coverage by doing so.