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Q.1 WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Q.2 WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA?

Q.3 WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC VIEWPOINT OF STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF BODY?
Q.4 WHAT IS THEBASIC PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH, DISEASE AND TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA?
Q.5 HOW IS DIAGNOSIS DONE IN AYURVEDA?
Q.6 WHAT ARE THE MODES OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT?
Q.7 WHAT ARE THE MAIN CLASSICAL REFERENCE BOOKS OF AYURVEDA?
Q.8 WHERE DO RAW MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURING AYURVEDIC MEDICINES COME FROM?
Q.9 HOW ARE AYURVEDIC MEDICINES MARKETED?
Q.10 IS THERE SCOPE FOR AYURVEDA IN THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD?
Q.11 IS THERE ANY RATIONALE BEHIND INTEGRTING AYURVEDA AND WESTERN MEDICINE?
Q.12 IS AYURVEDA RECOGNISED BY W.H.O?
Q.13 DOES AYURVEDIC SYSTEM OF MEDICINE HAVE PLUS POINTS OVER CONVENTIONAL MEDICINAL SYSTEM?
Q.14 WHAT IS THE MANPOWER AND INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE OF AYURVEDA IN THE COUNTRY?
Q.15 WHAT IS REGULATORY MECHANISM FOR AYURVEDIC i.e., EDUCATION AND PRACTICE?
Q.16 How should I access Ayurvedic Medicines?
Q.17 How do I find a competent Ayurveda practitioner?
Q.18 How safe is to buy Ayurveda Medicines over the counter?
Q.19 Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?
Q.20 What are the common Ayurveda Medicines which can be used without consulting the doctors?
Q.21 WHEN PHARMACEUTICAL LABORATORY OF INDIAN MEDICINE (PLIM) WAS ESTABLISHED AND WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS?
Q.22 Does any programme for conservation and cultivation of medicinal plants exist in the Govt. Planning?
Q.23 What is Government doing for endangered Indian species of Medicinal Plants used in various formulations of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy?
Q.24 How is India’s traditional knowledge on medicinal plants going to be protected and what is being done to avoid patents on Indian medicinal plants?
Q.25 What are the future potential programmes of Department of ISM&H?
Q.26 What are the main Rasayana (Immuno-modular) Medicines of Ayurveda?
Q.27 What are the aphrodisiacs/Sexual Tonics for improving the quality of semen/sperm count and motility and fertility?
Q.28 Is there any regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines?
Q.29 Is there any code of conduct for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in Ayurvedic Pharmacies?
Q.30 What is Herbal Tea?
Q.31 Which are the well-known institutions/hospitals of Ayurveda in India?
Q.32 What and where are the specialised treatments of Ayurveda available in India?

Q.1 WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
"AYURVEDA" is made up of two words-Ayuh and Veda. Ayuh means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Thus "AYURVEDA’ in totality means ‘Science of life’. It incorporates all aspects of life whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social. What is beneficial and what is harmful to life, what is happy life and what is sorrowful life; all these four questions and life span allied issues are elaborately and emphatically discussed in Ayurveda. It believes the existence of soul before birth and after death too. Top

Q.2 WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda, the ancient most health care system originated with the origin of universe. With the inception of human life on earth Ayurveda started being applied. The antique vedic texts have scattered references of Ayurvedic Remedies and allied aspects of medicine and health. Atharva-veda mainly deals with extensive Ayurvedic information. That is why Ayurveda is said to be the off shoot of Atharva Veda. Top

Q.3 WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC VIEWPOINT OF STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF BODY?
Universe as well as human body are made up of five basic elements colectively called ‘Panch Mahabhootas’. These are Aakash (Ether), Vayu (Air), Agni(Fire), Aapa (Water) and Prithvi (Earth). The sixth mandatory component of life is Atma (life spirit) without which life ceases. The human body is made up of Doshas (Bio-humours), Dhatus(Body matrix) and Malas (excretable products). Vata, Pitta and kapha, known as Tridoshs are physiological entities of the body which are responsible for carrying out all the functions of the body. Dhatus are the structural entities of thebody. These are Rasa (Plasma), Rakta (Blood cells), Mamsa (Muscular tissue), Meda (Fatty tissue), Asthi (Bony tissue), Majja (Bone marrow) and Shukra (Hormonal and other secretions of genital). Agni (Metabolic fire) is in thirteen different forms and carries out the whole metabolism of the body. The waste products of the body which are excretable are produced in the body as bye-products of metabolism. These are known as malas which include pureesh (faeces), Sweda (sweat) and Mutra (urine). All biotransformations within the body occur through Srotases (body channels) which are the sites for action of agni. Top

Q.4 WHAT IS THEBASIC PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH, DISEASE AND TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA?
As per Ayurveda, ‘Health’ is a state of equilibrium of normal functions of doshas, Dhatus, malas and Agni with delighted body, mind and soul. It means that when Dosh-Dhatu-Malas and Agni are constantly in a state of functional equilibrium, then the health is maintained. Otherwise distortion of the equilibrium results into diseases. Erratic lifestyle is believed to be one of the basic causes behind the failure of mechanism of maintaining equilibrium.

Treatment either with or without drugs and application of specific rules of diet, activity and mental status as described, disease wise, brings back the state of equilibrium i.e. health. Top

Q.5 HOW IS DIAGNOSIS DONE IN AYURVEDA?
As per Ayurveda, ‘Health’ is a state of equilibrium of normal functions of doshas, Dhatus, malas and Agni with delighted body, mind and soul. It means that when Dosh-Dhatu-Malas and Agni are constantly in a state of functional equilibrium, then the health is maintained. Otherwise distortion of the equilibrium results into diseases. Erratic lifestyle is believed to be one of the basic causes behind the failure of mechanism of maintaining equilibrium.

Treatment either with or without drugs and application of specific rules of diet, activity and mental status as described, disease wise, brings back the state of equilibrium i.e. health. Top

Q.6 WHAT ARE THE MODES OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT?
There exists eight divisions of Ayurvedic therapeutics, namely Kayachikitsa (Internal medicine), Shalya (Surgery), Shalkya (Otorhinolaryngology and Opthalmology), Kaumr Bhritya (Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Obstetrics) Agad tantra (Toxicology), Rasayana (Gerentorology), Vajikaran (Aphrodisiacs) and Bhoot Vidya (Psychiatry).

The principles of treatment are Shodhan (purificatory), Shaman (palliative and conservative), Nidan parivarjan (avoidance of causative and prescipitating factors of disease) and Pathya Vyavastha (do’s and don’ts regarding diets lifestyle). Shodhan therapy includes Vamana (medically induced emesis), Virechana (medically induced laxation), Vasti (medicated enema), shirovirechana (administration of medicines through nose) and Raktmokshan (Blood letting). These therapeutic procedures are collectively known as Panchkarma. Before executing Panch karma treatment Snehan (olation) and Swedan (getting perspiration) are to employed first. Top

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