Aim of Ayurveda –
“Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam
Aturasya Vikar Prashamanam cha!”
The main aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of the healthy person and to cure the disease(s) of the sick person. Thus, Ayurveda focuses on maintaining one’s health and not just freedom from physical diseases.
Ayurveda’s definition of health –
Sama dosha sama agnischa sama dhatu mala kriyaaha|
Prasanna atma indriya manaha swastha iti abhidheeyate” – Sushruta Samhita
Individual is in perfect health when all Three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), Digestive fire (Agni), all the body tissues (Dhatus) and all the excretory functions (the physiological functions of urination and defecation) are in perfect order and balanced with happy senses, mind and soul.
How do you know that you are healthy?
– Feeling hungry at proper meal timings and proper digestion of food,
– Proper elimination of waste (regular bowel movements, urine & sweat),
– Falling asleep easily after going to bed at night,
– Feeling fresh when one wakes up in the morning,
– Natural strength and Immunity is maintained, and
– Peace and contentment of the mind.