The 8 branches of Ayurveda

The 8 branches of Ayurveda are:

Describes ailments of adults not treated by other branches of Ayurveda. Hence known as general medicine.

This branch deals with the prenatal and postnatal baby care as well as the care of a woman before and during pregnancy. It also elaborates
various diseases of children and their treatments.

The study of mental diseases and their treatments. Treatment methods include medicines, diet regulation and yogic methods for treatment of mental diseases and improving psychic power.

Maharishi ‘Sushrutha’ is the first surgeon who is also the author of Salya Chikitsa, the foremost speciality of Ayurveda. He describes various surgical operations using different surgical instruments and devices.

Describes ailments of adults not treated by other branches of Ayurveda. Hence known as general medicine.

This branch deals with the toxins from vegetables, minerals and also toxins from animal origins. The concept of pollution of air and water in certain places and seasons has been given special consideration. Such pollution is also said to be the cause of various epidemics.

This branch which is unique to Ayurveda, deals with prevention of diseases and
promotion of a long and healthy life. It also advises how to increase our health, intellect and beauty.

This branch deals with the means of increasing sexual vitality and efficiency. Besides these 8 branches, Ayurveda also brings diseases affecting plants and animals into its ambit of
consideration.

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