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The blog provide information about ayurveda and its origin.

Ayurveda is an ancient medical system. The term Ayurveda is derived from the

Sanskrit words ayur, meaning life or longevity, and veda, meaning knowledge or

science. It is considered one of the oldest of the traditional systems of medicine

accepted worldwide. Ayurveda is a theory evolved from a profound understanding

of creation. The concept of Ayurveda is based on two major principles that the

body and mind are interconnected and the mind is powerful enough to heal the

body. The main aim of Ayurveda is keeping the body and mind balanced for the

individual to remain healthy


ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA

The history of Ayurvedic medicine starts when the Vedas were created (rig, yajur,

sama and atharva). Ayurveda is a part of one of the four Vedas called Atharva

Veda and is considered the essence of the fourth Veda. Ayurveda dates back to

approximately 5000 years and is the oldest system of healing which is why it is

called the mother of all healing sciences. Ayurvedic teachings were customarily

passed on orally from teacher to student for over 1000 years. The wisdom of

Ayurveda is recorded in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India that reflects the

philosophy behind Ayurveda and the depth within it.

Charaka samhita an Ayurvedic lexocon that that dated back to the time frame of

the fourth veda (atharva) was written in the indus valley approximately around

1000 B.C by Acharya charak in Sanskrit. Charaka samhita is basically a work on

general medicine (kayachikitsa). Sushrutha samihita a unique manuscript written

by sushruta a student of dhanvantri is a treatise on surgery (shalya tantra). The

technique and methods of surgeries in Sushrutha samihita were so


SPREADING IMPACT OF AYURVEDA

Ayurveda influence in the non-European spheres started after the dawn of

Buddhism. The Buddhist monks introduced Ayurveda to Tibet, china, Mongolia,

Korea and Sri Lanka leaving everlasting impact in their healthcare systems. It was

the scholars of the medieval period who assembled the works of Ayurveda.

The German translation of an Ayurvedic text Susruta Samhita that dates back to

less than 1000 B.C.E. has contributed to modern medicine the discipline of plastic

surgery.

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