long tradition and deep attachment to
which still exists mainly in India today."
The following is extracted from Lesson 1 in the publication by Sri Satguru Publication, Indological and Oriental Publishers
titled Charaka-Samhita translated by A. Chandra Kaviratna & P. Sharma:
"When diseases appeared as impediments to penances, fasts, study, continence, vows and life of embodied creatures, then
great Rushi of righteous deeds, keeping compassion for all beings before them,
assembled together on the auspicious side of Himaavat. Angiras, Jmamadgni, Vashistha, Kashyapa, Bhrrgu, Atrya, Gautama, Saankya, Pulastaya, Naarad, Asita, Agastya, Vamdev, Kaarkandey, Ashvalaayana, Paariksi........and other great Rushio who were oceans of the knowledge of Para-brhmah, who lived on restraints and observances, who blazed with the energy of ascetic penances, like fires upon which have been poured libations of ghee; these Rushio seated there at their ease, took part in this beneficial conversation, (saying):
"Freedom from disease is the excellent root of dharma, artha, kaam and moksha (the four purushartha (objects and aims) of life).
Diseases are depredators thereof as also of happy life. This, therefore, is a great enemy of humans that has appeared. What shall be the means of
----- Having said this, they betook to meditation...... to find the answer ..... which was given to them by Brahmaa, the Grandfather himself....in the transmission of knowledge called Aayur-ved... the Life Science....
PVAF will be posting write-ups for your knowledge of acquiring total well-being as a human being -
physical self and aatmaa (soul).
But at the same time, herein we are starting this forum for enabling sharing, learning and teaching of total health knowledge through Aayur-veda by all of you out there. Aayur-veda encompasses the science of medicine as we know, understand and practice today around this planet earth. This includes European medical knowledge and all other medical knowledge of other peoples of the world termed by Europeans as
Please participate.... and enjoy full health....
Alos following is the information on
Gujarat Ayurved University, in the state where PVAF
GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM is being
developed and implemented to provide kindergarten to university education for
those who cannot afford this education due to poverty but have the ability
Gujarat Ayurved University
(Extracted from web site: Gujarat
Gujarat Ayurved University was established in 1967 by an act passed by Gujarat State legislative Assembly in 1965. It is the only statutory University of its Kind both at national and
international level - exclusively devoted to Ayurvedic studies and Research. This University is administratively linked to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare both at State and Centre -indicating its special status.
We have already entered in the 21st Century. This Century is for ayurveda. The process of globalization of ayurveda is already initiated. Gujarat Ayurved University has made outstanding contribution in the globalization of ayurvedic education. Gujarat Ayurved University has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with ayurvedic institutions in Japan, Australia, The Netherlands, Argentina, USA and Italy for academic collaboration. In-addition to routine BAMS, MD (Ayu) and Ph.D. courses many new short-term and long-term courses of ayurveda have been designed by the University for Indian and foreign professionals including the NRIs and NRI sponsored candidates.
The foreign professionals from Germany, USA, Poland, Ukraine, Switzerland and Brazil had completed the 3 month Introductory course of ayurveda during the last month in the University. The International Organizations like WHO are also deputing the fellows for the purpose of training in ayurveda in the University. All these developments clearly indicate that ayurveda is already globalized and Gujarat Ayurved University is virtually converted as an International University. Now this is the high time when we should utilize this opportunity and fulfill the demand of the ailing society.
Today, majority of the people of the developed countries wants to be treated either by ayurveda which is eco-friendly, toxicity free and cost effective with its holistic approach or other alternative medicine. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine has been established in the National Institute of Health at USA to explore the complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine researchers and disseminating authoritative information. A published survey shows that the number of Americans using an alternative therapy which includes herbal medicine, massage, megavitamins, self-help groups, folk remedies, energy healing and homoeopathy, rose from 33% in 1990 to more than 42% in 1997 and spent more than $27 billion on these therapies in 1997. A survey in 1994 reveals that more than 60% of doctors recommended alternative therapies to their patients at least once. In addition, 47% of the doctors reported using alternative therapies themselves. Indeed, 75 out of 117 US medical schools offered elective courses in complementary and alternative medicine or included it in required courses as per the article published in 1998.
The pharmaceutical industries is facing lot of problems as they are not able to get the genuine medicinal plants. On the name of genuine medicinal plants many times either the substitutes or the adulterant of the plant is supplied. Therefore, Gujarat Ayurved University has started a two-year postgraduate course -M.Sc. (Medicinal Plants) and an Advance Diploma course on Medicinal Plants to overcome this problem. The services of these postgraduates will be of immense utility to the pharmaceutical industries to develop their own herbal resources. Further, the University has started a Green House Project to develop endangered species of Medicinal Plants as a part of teaching and training.
The country has about 6400 million hectare forest land, 17 million hectare cultivable waste land, 12 million hectare under permanent pastures. Apart from the human beings the maintenance of animal health at rural level is also of utmost importance as it has direct impact on rural economy and production at large. Large number of ayurvedic medicinal plants are described as weeds by the agriculturists. Even the farmers are not aware about the therapeutic utility of these plants and throwing away considering them as weeds. Therefore, co-ordinated efforts are required between the Dept. of Forest, Agriculture and Ayurveda so that the farmers can be trained to make them aware about the therapeutic efficacy of medicinal plants. Gujarat Ayurved University has already started a training programme for the farmers and the drug collectors for identification, cultivation, collection, preservation and storage of medicinal plants. Moreover, the formation of co-operatives of medicinal plants at village and district level on the pattern of Milk Co-operatives on buy-back basis will be of immense utility to overcome this problem.
The other problem which ayurvedic pharmaceutical industry is facing is the non availability of qualified ayurvedic pharmaceutical experts with practical knowledge of manufacturing the drugs as per the ayurvedic methodology. They are depending upon the services of the modern pharmaceutical experts who don't have the basic knowledge of ayurvedic pharmaceutical preparations. Therefore to overcome this problem, Gujarat Ayurved University has started D. Pharma, B. Pharma and M. Pharma in Ayurveda -a unique course in the country. These graduates with applied knowledge of manufacturing the ayurvedic drugs as per ayurvedic methodology will be highly useful for ayurvedic pharmaceutical industry.
The Educational CDs on Medicinal Plants, Rasashastra and Ksharasutra have been made by the University with a view to develop uniformity in ayurvedic teaching.
Ayurvedic Medical Kit has been launched so that rural people can tackle the common problems by themselves.
Under Rural Health Programme various Depts. of the University have frequently organized Nidan Camps in rural area.
The postgraduate students have the facilities for training and research in 13 specialities for the award of M.D. (Ayu) and Ph.D. degree. These specialities are: Ayurveda Siddhanta and Darshan, Samhita, Dravyaguna Vigyan, Rasashastra, Bhaishajya Kalpana, Roga Nidan & Virkriti Vgyan, Kayachikitsa, Manas Roga, Panchakarma,. Shalya Tantra, Shalakya Tantra, Prasuti Tantra & Stri Roga, Kaumara Bhritya. The students of Dravyaguna are exposed to the techniques for identification, cultivation, collection, preservation and storage of medicinal plants. Facility of Green House and Tissue culture Lab is also available. The students of Rasashastra are exposed to modern pharmaceutical technology along with machinery and good manufacturing practices in the Ayurvedic Pharmacy of the University.
University has organized two International Seminar on Ayurveda, Five National Seminars on AIDS and Cancer, Internationally acceptable standards for Ayurvedic Formulations, Role of Ayurveda in Health Deliver Programme with Special Reference to Primary Health Care, Herbal Resource Development and Medicinal Plants & Traditional Medical Knowledge. A workshop on Teaching Methodology and a regional seminar on Health Vision -2020.
Computers are provided in various depts. to improve the working efficiency of the University Depts.