I was referred to this Ayurveda documentary the other week, during an herbalism course I’m taking and thought it was worth sharing with you. In the future, we’ll be covering more information from Ayurveda, like the 3 doshas, as it can be very useful information and methods to enhance your health.
Ayurveda means “The Science of Life”. And in this almost two-hour documentary you’ll get to know several of the different aspects it covers.
Ayurveda – Art of Being is a 2001 Indian documentary by Pan Nalin
I’ve included some time stamps below with the topics covered at that time.
(2:45) Brahmanand Swamigal, Ayurveda & Siddha physician taking a pulse, looking at the eyes, tongue and fingers, for help in checking on a female patient who has cancer.
(4:00) Mentions taking herbs with warm water and honey. An important part of Ayurveda that is not in most health systems is that HOW you take herbs changes their impact and should be molded according to your constitution and diseases.
(4:45) Describes how the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) are in the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) “Good health is a result of a balance of the three doshas. Vata should be 1, Pitta 1/2 and Kapha should be 1/4 as a proportion.”
(7:40) “I do not treat disease, I treat people.”
(13:55) Ayurvedic Opthamology, one of eight branches in Ayurveda including Kaya (General Medicine), Bala (Pediatrics), Graha (Psychiatry), Udhvanga (Ear & Throat), Shalya (Surgery), Damshtra (Toxicology), Jara (Geriatrics) and Vrishna (Rejuvenation). Shows Tarpana treatment for the eyes.
(20:00) Childbirthing, working with babies and mothers.
(29:00) Treatment of schizophrenia (a vata disorder)
(32:00) Eating mercury
(39:00) The Mud Scan. Mud, tumeric and neem sun bath for diagnosis.
(42:30) Paralyzing a goat with vital points. And more on Marma, the use of these nerve points.
(51:00) Ayurvedic alchemy
(1:00:00) Allopathy fails in cancer treatment so man seeks Ayurveda which surs him.
(1:07:00) Medicine with gems and stones
(1:15:00) Vaidy Narayan Murthy harvests then hands out herbs and instructions for taking for free to a long line of people.
(1:27:00) Translating ancient Sanskrit texts
(1:30:00) Ancient Ayurveda incorporated into modern living. Most diseases are diseases of excess. And the role of stress in disease.
(1:36:00) Yoga and Laughter