Ayurveda is the classical medical tradition of India, its natural healing system. It also goes back to the original ancient Vedic culture and science and has a close relationship with Vedic astrology. It contains within its vast scope all forms of healing from herbs to surgery to yoga and psychology. It provides an integral and holistic system of diagnosis and treatment, aiming not only at the cure and prevention of disease but also at rejuvenation and the mutation of the mind. Its basis is a system for determining individual constitution, for ascertaining the unique nature and health needs of each person. It provides methods of treatment which aim at enabling each individual to take responsibility for their own health, including many forms of self-care.
Ayurveda and Vedic astrology are related aspects of Vedic science, the all-comprehensive cosmic science of yoga. Many astrologers in India have practiced Ayurveda and many Vaidyas, Ayurvedic doctors, have been astrologers. Even when not trained in Ayurveda, astrologers still consider disease and its treatment. Even when not trained in astrology, Ayurvedic doctors may refer to astrology or astrological treatment methods. I have studied and trained in both systems and have found them to be very helpful in supplementing each other. Astrology gives us a broader understanding of our energy patterns through the whole of life and all aspects of our nature. It is a subtler healing science than any form of physical medicine. Ayurveda aids astrology in giving an applicable energetic system of medicine that can use the astrological model, that in origin is in harmony with it. Anyone practicing medical astrology should have some training in a medical system. Astrology reads our nature in such a broad and general way the specifics of daily or monthly fluctuations in physical problems may be hard to discern through it. Nor does the study of astrology alone give us the understanding of the appropriate tools of medical treatment, like diet and herbs. Yet such a medical system should have a naturalistic and energetic basis in harmony with that of astrology itself.
Astrology examines disease, as it considers the entire life of man and all aspects of our being; body, mind, soul and spirit. There is a special branch of "medical astrology" dealing specifically with health problems, though not limited to the physical body in its examination or treatment. Health, after all, is the basis of all our human endeavors, as without it, we may lack the energy to accomplish anything.
Astrologers can determine the basic physical constitution of the individual from the chart; the physical appearance of the individual, the predomination of elements in their nature. They can calculate basic health, longevity and disease tendencies. They can see which planets have the power to cause disease, what kinds of disease are likely to occur, what parts of the body are likely to be effected, and when. As health and longevity are primary, they are often the first things examined in the chart.
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