Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from 'Ayus' and 'vid',
meaning life and knowledge respectively. It is a holistic science encompassing
physical, mental and spiritual health. While this science is evident
in all four Vedas having 3,3345 mantras, the Atharva Veda has the greatest
number of aphorisms. In addition to the Vedic texts, Ayurvedic references
are found in the Purans, Upanishads, Darshans, Smrutis, Dharmashastras,
Arthashastra, Ramayan, Mahabharat and the Gita. Therefore Ayurveda is
undoubtedly the oldest health science in the world.
Ayurveda's fundamental mode of action is based on Tridosh; on the
three humors - 'vata' (wind), 'pitta' (choler) and 'kapha' (phlegm).
An equillibrium of these maintains health. An individual inherently
has a constitution of two of these, one of which usually predominates.
For example, a person having a predominantly kapha (or phlegm)
constitution is more susceptible to cold and cough, and generally should
avoid foods which increase these symptoms.
Foods also inherently possess the three humors and thus are capable
of enhancing, vitiating or nullifying the effects of one or more of
these in the body. Herbs and Ayurvedic preparations have the ability
to correct a vitiated 'dosh', thus re-establishing a balance.
Ayurvedic physicians proficient in 'Nadi Chikitsa' are able to determine
the composition of an individual's 'dosh' by the wrist pulse, from which
they make a diagnosis and treat the patient accordingly. This method
remains unique among all systems of diagnosis in the world. It is especially
a boon in diagnosing little children who are unable to express their
Primarily, Ayurveda advocates prevention through sincere observance
of 'Rutucharya' (seasonal activity), 'Dincharya' (daily activity) and
'Jivancharya' (lifestyle). If diet and activity are in harmony with
these three, health prevails.
Treatment of disorders may involve any of the following: fasting ('langhan'),
diet restrictions ('pathyaa-pathya'), detoxification ('shodhan') by
Panch Karma, herbal preparations or surgery. These are all detailed
in the Charak Samhita, Sushrut Samhita and other Ayurvedic texts. Surgery
through ayurvedic means has now almost become extinct due to lack of
Ayurveda's approach is to treat a person holistically without side-effects,
In the last two decades, increasing disenchantment with allopathy has
witnessed a rapid proliferation of alternative therapies all over the
world, such as: Chinese medicine, acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic
and yoga, to name a few. Ayurvedas, too, has gained immense popularity,
especially in the United States of America. Colleges teaching Ayurveda
have sprung up even in Europe.
With the ever-growing demands in Ayurvedic medicines many companies
and manufacturers produce a vast array of medicines. The 'Amrut'
brand of products manufactured by BAPS Swaminarayan Herbal Care maintain
strict standards. Only the best quality raw materials are hand-picked
by experienced hands. Using modern techniques and equipment, while preserving
the age-old recipes and processes, the medicines are prepared in a scientific
manner under the guidance of experts.
Moreover, Amrut products are perhaps the only Ayurvedic formulations
manufactured under God's divine auspices and blessings, on the premises
of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Shahibaug, Amdavad, India. Hence the
befitting name Amrut - the elixir which imbues immortality and salvation.
Amrut medicines are available in India at various outlets, especially
at the bookstalls in our major mandirs.
here for the list of medicines available.