DR.M.S. BAIJU, AYURVEDA DOCTOR AT THE ANANDA LAKSHMI AYURVEDA RETREAT, IN HIS FIRST TALK WITH ZUZANA ZWIEBEL, INTRODUCE HIS WAY TO AYURVEDA

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The underlying philosophy of Ayurveda is to treat each individual as a unique being and to facilitate the return of a normal balance of the tridoshas and promote the body's own capacity for healing. 
Ayurveda is the only science teaches you how to lead a physical, mental, social, spiritual way to spread love, affection, and kindness to the nature and whole world. I consider ayurveda the complete solution for the mankind.
DR.M.S. BAIJU
Ayurveda Doctor of Ananda Lakshmi Ayurveda Retreat
WHAT DOES AYURVEDA MEAN FOR YOU?

As I belong to a traditional ayurveda vaidya family from Cochin, I believe, the wisdom of Ayurveda was in my blood. Since 1990 I am practicing Ayurveda, and it’s is my passion. Ayurveda is the only science teaches you how to lead a physical, mental, social, spiritual way to spread love, affection, and kindness to the nature and whole world. To me Ayurveda is the complete solution for the mankind.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBED “LIFE ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA PRINCIPLES”?

Ayurveda had a very crystal clear definition for life: ”Sareera indriya satwathma samyoge dharee jeevitham”. It means: ”Life is the combination of body, sense organs, mind and soul”. If the above mentioned components are maintained well, all can lead a healthy life. Among these, mind and soul play the very major part in a life.

Ayurveda says about two concepts of life, life before death and life after death. It is the only science which says about the ‘do’s and don’ts of life’. Ayurveda clearly specifies how to lead a healthy daily routine from the 'birth back to earth'. This is the reason why Ayurveda is known, as not only a medical system, also a ‘Life style’.

HOW WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO AYURVEDA? 

I was born in a village named Vazhakulam in Cochin and belong to the 4th generation of traditional Vaidya family. My grand father from father side was a Government registered Vaidya with registration number 126. It means, he was the 126th registered ayurveda medical practitioner in Kerala state. My registration number is 5888. Also my mother comes from Vaidya family. Her father was the first principle of the ayurveda school at Kalady (birth place of Sri Sankaracharya).

I am practicing Ayurveda since 1990, when I have graduated at Government Ayurveda College in Trivandrum, which is the oldest Ayurveda College in India, established in1888. Ayurveda is my passion.

WHAT IS HEALTH AND HOW DOES AYURVEDA DESCRIBE HEALTHY PERSON?

Health is not the absence of any ailments. It is the complete harmony of body, mind and soul. Ayurveda define and describes healthy person very specifically as 'Swasthan'.

“Sama Dosha, Samagnishcha, Samadhathu, Malakriya Prasanna Athma, Indriya, Mana Swasthamithyabhidheeyathe”.

It means when the three doshas are balanced, when the agni is balanced, when the seven tissues of the body are balanced, when the excretory process functions are normal, when the mind and soul is calm, happy and clear, then we can define he or she as a healthy person, means a person should be physically, mentally, socially and spiritually healthy.

HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN VERY SIMPLY TO SOMEHOW WHO DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF DOSHAS, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? 

According to ayurveda the human body is the equilibrium of three vital factors called doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) which are having anatomical and physiological domains to maintain the normalcy of life. These three doshas are controlling, regulating and maintaining the all activates of the entire body. Whenever there is an imbalance in the harmony (qualitative and quantitative) of these doshas due to different reasons, we call it as a disease. 

WHAT IS DISEASE?

"Rogasthu dosha vaishamyam” means 'roga or disease' is the 'vaishamya or change' happening to three doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha. These three factors are influenced negatively by internal and external causes such as food, emotions, activity, genetic factors, regimen, which all can vitiate and influence the other components of the human body like tissues and other factors.

Ayurveda has another definition also, to describe disease ”Dhathu Vaishamyam”, dhatus means tissues of human body. It means the changes happening in body tissues, but dhatus will be vitiated only by the vitiated dosha, so we can confirm roga or disease is due to the vitiation of three doshas “Rogasthu dosha vaishamyam”.

HOW DOES DISEASE START?

In Ayurveda the process of starting a disease is termed as ‘Samprapthi’ or pathogenesis, the genesis of the ‘patho’, manifestation of disease. Due to the internal and external causes, the three doshas undergo vitiation and the vitiated dosha get localized in a particular tissue compartment and due to the biological mutual reaction between the vitiated dosha and local tissue, the tissue undergo certain structural and physiological changes, which is manifested as disease. The interaction between the vitiated dosha and the concerned dooshya, it can be either dhathu or malas, and this interaction is termed as “Dosha dooshya samoorchanam” in ayurveda. It is an essential stage for the manifestation of any disease. In all manifestations we can see the “Agni mandyam” (lack of metabolism).

HOW DOES AYURVEDA CAN BE COMPLEMENTED WITH WESTERN MEDICINE?

Ayurveda perceives and treats a human body as ‘whole’. It focuses on avoiding the causes of diseases. Western medicine focusses on treatment of ailments or diseases. The combination of these two concepts should be complimentary. 

Ayurveda advices life style changes, which put an end to the root causes, and prevent the progression of etiological factors to a disease. It means by advising modulations in food, habits, medicines, control of emotions, climate factors, way of living, and other activities, ayurveda is highly indicated in prophylactic and treatment domain of the medicine. The life style lead to a positive health and well boosted immunity, so ayurveda is known as not only a system of medicine but also a “life style”.

WHAT IS ROLE OF AYURVEDA IN TODAY’S WORLD?

Ayurveda has an important role in the world. It is the only medical science describes a person’s daily routine, the “do’s and don’ts” to lead and maintain healthy life. Ayurveda is not only a medical science in the conventional sense of curing disease, but also a way of life that teaches us how to maintain and protect health. It describes the diet, medicines, and behavior that is beneficial or harmful for life. It classifies not only individuals but also food, herbs, emotions, climate and life style suitable to individual. Practicing ayurvedic daily routine, will help the mankind to lead a healthy life and this is the role of ayurveda in today’s life.

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