What is Ayurveda ?

Ayurveda, Ayurvedic treatments and Ayurvedic medicine are nowadays gaining popularity worldwide. Ayurveda uses herbal preparations in their treatment regime. Ayurveda is thus a predominantly herbal science. Since Ayurveda tries to tackle the issue at a holistic level, Ayurvedic treatments are true holistic treatments as well.

The word Ayurveda has Sanskrit origins and is derived from two words ayur and veda. Ayur refers to life in Sanskrit. Vedas are some of the oldest Indian scriptures and can be considered as text books or collections of body of knowledge. Thus Ayurveda means that omnibus body of knowledge that deals with life.

Ayurvedic literature describes ways of living a healthy life, diagnosing disease and prescribes treatments for ailments.

Ayurvedic literature has sub divisions describing treatments that can be referenced to branches of modern medicine such as ailments and treatments for respiratory systems, digestive disorders etc. Ayurveda also has extensive references to paediatric disorders, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, psychiatry and so on.

Following are eight well known branches of Ayurveda:

  • Kaya Chikithsa for general body treatment ( Kaya stands for body and Chikithsa means treatment.
  • Kaumāra-bhṛtya deals with paediatrics and disorders in children
  • Salya tantra details surgery and the extraction of foreign objects from body
  • Salakya tantra can be loosely correlated to modern day ENT or disorders of ears, eyes, nose, mouth etc.
  • Bhuta vidya can be correlated to modern day psychiatry
  • Agada tantra deals with toxicology
  • Rasayana tantra documents rejuvenation and wellness therapy. In some cases can be used in recuperation as well.
  • Vājīkaraṇa tantra dealswith male and female sexual disorders, aphrodisiacs etc.

In all the above Ayurveda departments, vidya means wisdom and tantra means technique in Sanskrit language family.

Thus Ayurveda can be seen as having references to our everyday illnesses and health issues.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]

Ayurveda Practitioner

Jyothi is an expert ayurvedic practitioner managing Ayurwoman Ayurveda Clinic in Malvern, Victoria.

A complimentary ayurvedic consultation with a dosha test is included in all retreat programmes.

She is an expert in using principles and practices of Ayurveda for treating and sometimes managing simple, chronic or even complex illnesses.



Jyothi is well experienced in optimally using ayurvedic medicines, ayurvedic diet and ayurvedic therapies such as abhyanga massage, shirodhara, panchakarma, etc. in treatments. Jyothi can recommend the right yoga routine for your situation.

Some of her expertise areas are in the following broad ailment groups:

    • Women’s issues such as PCOS, fertility, menopause, endometriosis, etc.
    • Digestive issues, IBS etc.
    • Sciatica and Lower back pain
    • Skin and hair issues such as psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia
  • Weight loss, stress relief and healthy living

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