A Brief history of ayurveda

For thousands of years in antiquity, remains a science that is today gaining wide acceptance and popularity. It is a system of medicine with natural remedies that can treat most of the so called incurable diseases.

The science, the mystery, that is “Ayurveda” was preached and practiced in ancient times by the omniscient sages, as revealed to them in their spiritual pursuit. It evolved into a complete health-care system over many millenia. Although modern medicine has put this science in the shade, albeit temporarily. the failure of modern medicine to counter ailments without side effects has again brought this science into the limelight.

The name Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words, Ayur meaning life and longevity, and Veda meaning knowledge or science. In other words Ayurveda means “the Science of Life”that teaches us to live life in a true and natural balance.

AYURVEDA IS THE SCIENCE OF LIFE AND WELL-BEING

The oldest documented body of holistic medical knowledge, it is a system of plant, oils and herbs originating in India over 6,000 years ago.

Ayurveda was codified into a text called the Charaka Samhita by the legendary physician Charaka in the 2nd Century BC. The Charaka Samhita travelled with traders and scholars to China, Egypt, Arabia and Europe, influencing and laying the ground-work for plant-based healing all over the world.

After centuries of testing, Ayurvedic science has proven effective. Ayurvedic treatments satisfy every aspect of a person’s well being – physical, mental and spiritual. Ayurveda is the Knowledge of Life.

Today, in the search for more complete healing and harmonious well-being, the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda is gaining international popularity as an alternative and a complement to modern allopathic medicine.

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The Philosophy

The word of ayurveda is composed of two Sanskrit terms viz. “Ayu” meaning life and “Veda” meaning the knowledge and therefore Ayurveda means, “The knowledge of life” or “The science of life”. However in common parlour it is used to imply “The science of medicines.” of late the side effect of allopathic drugs chemotherapeutics, antibiotics steroids, have scared many people all over the world and hence there is a concerted effort to find an alternative.

Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India is in uniterrupted practice since prehistoric ages and perhaps has an uneviable position in the field. The practice of Ayurveda is prevalent in almost all parts of our country and also the neighboring countries like Nepal, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China.

Ayurvedic authorities have defined ayurveda as the “Science” through the help of which one can obtain knowledge about the useful and harmful type of life, happy and miserable types of life, things which are useful and harmful for such types of life, the span of life as well as the very natural life. Thus Ayurveda lays emphasis upon not only leading a life of happiness but also leading a life useful to the society as a whole. Since man is a social being, he can not withdraw from the society and therefore unless the society becomes happy it will not be possible for individual to maintain his own happiness. It is with this concept, the individual should always make an effort to subscribe to the happiness of the society.

Ayurvedic texts are full of reference to the manner in which the society can be kept happy.

The social Medicine which is treated as a new concept of medicine is nothing but reminiscent of what has been preached and propounded in Ayurvedic in Ayurveda more than 2500 years ago.

Ayurveda does not deal exclusively with treatment of human beings but also with treatment of diseases of animals and even plants. Ayurveda provides a traditional means for the treatment of many internal diseases which are considered to obstinate and incurable in other system of medicines in vogue now a days. While in modern medicine, more attention is paid to correct the afflicted part of the body, Ayurveda treats the individual as a whole. This is one of the unique features of Ayurveda. Besides, the unique features of Ayurveda are :

Economy of the medicine.
No foreign exchanged involved, since almost all Ayurvedic Drugs which include vegetable, metal, minerals and animal products are available in India.
It is conductive to socialistic patterns of society.
Free from toxicity, in patients they cure diseases and in healthy individuals they produce immunity against diseases. In Ayurveda emphasis is one preventive Medicine since Ayurveda lays lot of emphasis of the prevention of the diseases.