Ayurvedic treatment or Chikitsa is to remove the root cause of the problem and to give permenant relief. It does not curb the main symptoms and creates some new ones as side effects of the main treatment. There are four main classifications of management of disease in Ayurveda:
1. Shodan or cleansing
2. Shaman or Palliation
3. Rasayana or rejuvenation
4. Satvajaya or mental hygiene
The treatments mainly comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils which are prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals. Because the medicines are from natural sources and not synthetic, they are accepted and assimilated in the body without creating any side effects, in fact ir could have some side benefits.
Along with medicine proper diet, exercise and living style is also advised for proper treatment. If we are taking a medicine to remove the root cause and at the same time we are taking some food or following a life style which is increasing the cause of disease, then we may not get well or will be getting less relief. In addition to these Panch Karma and Yoga therapy can be very safely used to promote good health, prevent diseases and acquire longevity.