Ayurveda: Art of Being documentary, directed by Pan Nalin and produced by Pandora Filmproduktion in co-production with Sunrise Filmvertriebs AG and Monsoon Films Private Limited in 2001. Ayurveda is a traditional medicine from India and has been practiced for over 5,000 years.
Some of the oldest Ayurvedic texts are the Susrutha Saṃhita, Bower Manuscript and the Charaka Saṃhita and this texts are the foundations of Ayurvedic medicine. The term Ayurveda literally translated means “science of life”. The philosophy in Ayurveda is based on a holistic healing and combines medical and spiritual approaches to promote health and balance between mind, body, and soul.
The practice of Ayurveda is designed to promote human happiness, health, and creative growth. It is the science of daily living and this system of knowledge evolved from the sage’s practical, philosophical and religious illumination which was rooted in their understanding of the creation. Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health and the diseased person to regain health.
“If the diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” – ancient Ayurvedic proverb.
Ayurveda is divided into eight categories:
- Kaya-chikitsa: cure of diseases affecting the body.
- Kaumāra-bhṛtya: treatment of children.
- Shalya-chikitsa: removal of any substance which has entered the body.
- Salakya-tantra: cure of diseases of the teeth, eye, nose or ear etc. by sharp instruments.
- Bhoot vidya: – treatment of mental diseases.
- Agada-tantra: the doctrine of antidotes.
- Rasayana-tantra: the doctrine of Rasayana/Rejuvenation.
- Vajikarana tantra: it deals with healthy and desired progeny.
According to Ayurveda medicine in order to be healthy, a human being must have a balance between the three elemental substances: Doshas (there are three Doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). One Ayurvedic theory states that each human possesses a unique combination of these doshas which define this person’s temperament and characteristics.
Ayurveda: Art of Being documentary synopsis:
These videos were filmed largely in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala offers glimpses of several different practitioners of Ayurveda at work and exposes the large panoply of therapies used in Ayurveda including diet and nutrition, herbology, bodywork and massage, mind-body medicine, and treatments using gems. Ayurveda: Art of Being ends with an anonymous quote:
“Hope is nature’s way of enabling us to survive so that we can discover nature itself.”