About Ayurveda

"Brahma smruthvaayusho vedam ; Prajapathi majigrahat
Soashvinow thow sahasraksham ; Soathri puthradikaan muneen
Theagni veshaadikamsthe tu ; Pruthak thandrani Thenire"

Meaning: “For the welfare of the human beings 'Lord Brahma' memorized the Science of Ayurveda and taught it to Daksha Prajapathi. daksha taught it to Ashwini Kumaras. They imparted the same to Indra. Then it was educated to the eminent sages like Athreya, Bharadwaja, Dhanwanthari, Kashyapa, Nimi etc.”

History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient medicine system of the Indian subcontinent. It is said to have originated in India about 5000 years back and is practiced to attain complete health in the four pursuits of human life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha). Moksha (salvation) is considered to be the ultimate goal of a man.

The word Ayurveda is composed of the Sanskrit words ‘AYU’, meaning 'life' and ‘VEDA’, meaning 'science', thus Ayurveda literally means the 'science of life’. The main concept of Ayurveda is that it personalizes the healing process.

Ayurveda is known as Upaveda in the Atharvaveda. For the welfare of humans, Brahma, the Creator, memorized the science of Ayurveda and taught it to Daksha Prajapathi, Ashwini Kumar and Indra. Then it was taught to the eminent sages, Bharadwaja, Dhanwanthari, Kashyapa, Nimi and a few others. And in this way the life science descended to Earth, was refined and established as Ashtangaayurveda.

The eight branches of ayurveda are as follows:

Ayurveda is not only a curative therapy but also a preventive one. It is designed to prevent and protect against diseases.

The Prakruti and Purusha are both similar to the living body "Shatdhatwatmaka purusha" (Panchamaha Bhootha and Aatma).

The equilibrium of Dosha (tri dosha), dhathu (saptha dhathu), and mala (tri mala) form the integral cause of human body. Human body has no existence without these principles and pleasantness of Aatma manaha and indriya is known as 'Swasthya' (physical and mental wellbeing or health).

Panchamaha Bhootha

(Functional Units of the Body)