प्रयोजनम् च अस्य स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्यरक्षणम् आतुरस्य विकारप्रशमनम् च । चरक सूत्रस्थान ३०/२६
Any science needs to have a clear aim. As per this Sutra, the Aim of Ayurveda is
- Maintain the Health of the Healthy and
- Treat the diseases of the Unhealthy
Often people have a misconception that Ayurveda is only for maintaining good health and not for treating disease.
Prime goal of an individual should be to maintain the health, so that we don’t get sick and suffer. However often, we don’t know what to do to keep the health. In this information age, there are so many conflicting opinions on how to maintain health and keeps changing often that we seem to be confused. There are so many diets, different recommendations for water consumption, how many times to eat …. we get a different answers from different experts.
Ayurveda has clearly mentioned what to be done on a regular basis – both daily and seasonal to maintain the health and balance the effect of nature on us.
Similarly Ayurveda has done extensive research on how to gain back the health of unhealthy. Every individual is different and hence the treatment often varies as the causative factor contributing to the current condition varies.