Ayurveda, means “Science of Life” in Sanskrit is believed to be originated in 10th Century BC and it is developed into a system of medicine by AD 6th century.
is attached to sacred texts, the Vedas, and based on the theory of Panchmahabhutas - all objects and living bodies are composed of the five basic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and sky.
Ayurveda is not only a system of medicine
but also a way of living. It is used to prevent and cure diseases. Ayurvedic medicine includes herbal medicines and medicinal baths.
is said to have originated from the ancient Hindu sacred texts the Vedas, but these actually contain few medical references. Modern scholars believe it evolved, gradually absorbing influences from Buddhism and other traditions along the way.
The basis of Ayurveda
is contained in two great medical compendiums written by Charaka and Sushruta more than 2,000 years ago. These texts cover a vast array of topics including pathology, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, lifestyle advice and philosophy.
The fundamentals of Ayurveda
being practised and taught throughout the country are the same. But in the recent days, Kerala Ayurveda gives more importance to Vagbhata’s Ashtangahridayam in preference to other classical texts by Kerala traditional physicians, the uninterrupted history of practising the classical panchakarma therapies in all their authentic fidelity, the innovative development of the reputed Kerala preparatory therapies and finally the wide variety of exclusive herbal based formulations overshadowing the use of metal and mineral based drugs.