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The history of medicine science dates back to thousands of years ago, the traces pointing at India as the land of most prominent medicinal inventions. Every land has a specialty and India boasts of incredible Ayurveda, a science in itself that deals with healing medicines for a healthy mind and body. Let us understand about it in brief.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a system which uses the natural principles of nature, to help mankind maintain good health of a person by keeping his/her body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.

What does Ayurveda mean?

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term combining the words ‘ayus’ and ‘veda’. Ayus means life and Veda means knowledge or science, thus meaning 'the knowledge or science of life'. Here, Ayu comprises the senses, mind, body, and soul.

Origin of Ayurveda

Widely considered as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda has been in India since thousands of years. The origins can be found in Hindu scriptures Vedas, the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions to help humans overcome various ailments.

In the beginning, knowledge of Ayurveda was passed on orally through the sages in India until it was put in text over five thousand years ago. The oldest known texts on this science are Sushruta Samhita, Charaka Samhita and Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts tell about the effects that the five elements earth, water, air, fire, space, have on individuals and their health. As per Ayurveda, each person is affected by certain elements. It is because of the nature of elements. Ayurveda classifies the different constitutions into three different doshas or bio-energies:

Kapha dosha - the earth and water elements dominate

Pitta dosha - the fire element dominates

Vata dosha – the air and space elements dominate

The doshas affect the body shape as well as food preferences and digestion, and also the temperament of mind and emotions. Ayurveda aims at preventing illness from our body system, heal the wrong and preserve life. It is to protect health and prolong life and to eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body. As defined in Sushrut Samhita, a healthy person is "he whose doshas are balanced, has a good appetite, whose body tissues and all natural urges function properly, and whose mind, body and spirit are cheerful."

Ayurveda Therapy India

Ayurveda has evolved a great deal in last many years and it enjoys a fan following across the world. Many international pharmaceutical giants as well as medical practitioners have ventured in utilizing ayurvedic medicines. As the Indian medical world starting making waves across the globe, Ayurveda successfully carved itself a name in the international medical world. Experts from overseas started taking great interest in the science of life and learnt the knowledge galore that it compounds. Ayurveda is a genuinely scientific solution for all ailments but still has a mystique aura surrounding as to how plants can relieve us of health problems that most medicines can’t do. If you plan to give this science a try, India is the place you need to visit, with the state of Kerala leading with the most incredible Ayurvedic and holistic practices.