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Ayurveda and Siddha Vaidya medicine defines health as a complete presence of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social balance.
"Ayurveda," which means "Science of Life," comes from the North of India and was born from Brahman, the Vedas.
"Siddha Vaidya" means "Perfection of Health" and comes from the South of India, born from Shiva, known as Saivism.
These are two of the oldest, scientific systems for detoxifying and re-nutrifying the body, providing thousands of years of tested remedies for prevention of illness.
These are traditions that have been passed down orally from master to student, generation after generation, but very little has been written down.
Only in the last 5,000 years has Ayurveda been written down. Only little has yet to be written on Siddha Vaidya except for what is on "palm leaf manuscripts" and are still being transcribed and translated today.
Based on principles which are as old as Life itself and are intimately tied to how nature functions everywhere in creation, they recognized the intimate connection between the processes occurring in nature and those going on inside our bodies.
They teach how to live daily life in harmony with cosmic life, recognizing that our true nature is Spirit, that this subtle matter constitutes the inner body of man. All aspects of an individual are considered and treatment is prescribed to bring balance to all area's of one's life: the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Daily regimes and appropriate diet are the starting point for the indigenous ways of health and life for the people of North and South India.
According to the Ayu/Siddha, it is the perfect digestion and assimilation of our food, together with the regular and efficient evacuation of wastes that is essential for health and beauty.
Any food, no matter how perfect, that is improperly digested, forms toxic wastes called "ama." Ama clogs the system, impedes digestion, blocks vital channels and clouds the mind.
Good digestion is enhanced by selecting and preparing foods according to one's personal needs and body type.
The individual is requested to get involved more and take responsibility for his/her own healing. Seasonal cleansing and rejuvenation are suggested to maintain health.
Pancha Karma and Kriya Karma are the practices of ayurveda and Siddha Vaidya to achieve these results. The patient is taught how to love and honor their body, mind and spirit.
Ayurveda and Siddha recognize the same eight branches of medicine that are practiced in the West. Geriatrics, the study of disease of the aged, is acknowledged but viewed very differently.
Prevention methods, cleansing processes and rejuvenation therapies are given instead of drugs. The aim of their therapy is to maintain the youthfulness of the body and extend life span.
The siddhas in India are known for the perfection they have attained in their body and mind. An accomplished Siddha is someone who has learned to harmonize his awareness with the subtle matter of which he is composed. They can maintain their body at a youthful age for hundreds of years by practicing various meditations, Pranayama and yoga, while eating a simple diet, using herbs to support their body and practicing Kriya Karma.
Their focus is on the reversal of the aging process. It is believed that we are in an anabolic-regenerative state until we reach our late twenties and early thirties. Then catabolism begins degeneration, the aging process. By reversing this process, the body can maintain a youthful, vibrant state for an indefinite amount of time.