Ayurveda teaches us to cherish our innate nature – “to love and honor who we are”, not as what people think or tell us, who we should be. – Prana Gogia
History of Ayurveda in India is 5000 years old, the most ancient of the medical systems in the whole world. Derived from Sanskrit the name is a combination of – ayus meaning life and ved meaning knowledge. It offers a comprehensive and rich outlook towards healthy living. The Vedic Rishis developed and practiced this treatment system and whatever they propounded remains within the Vedas or the divine scriptures. These are,
Out of above four, the last one Atharvaveda contains various healing principles, which form the basis of Ayurveda history. Related practical tenets remain under a different branches are sections namely,
- Internal medicine
- Organic medicine
- Spiritual healing
- Aphrodisiac remedy
- Rejuvenating remedy
Together, these constitute Astanga Ayurveda! For a few centuries, these practices went into the limbo as India struggled with various foreign invasions and cultural influences. Besides, Atharvaveda the main surviving treatises from the same period are Shushruta Samhita and Charak Samhita is concentrating on surgery and internal medicine respectively. Another important, concise early text compilation from around 1000 years back is Astanga Hridayam. All of these together constitute the main knowledge base upon which the modern Ayurveda practices depend.
History of Ayurveda in India shows how long this ancient system has survived and this is not possible without numerous benefits and possibilities. During the 6th century BC Buddhist monks took a knowledge regarding this healing system to such places as China, Tibet, Srilanka, Korea, and Mongolia. While nothing from that time survives in its original form today, one finds the origin of various modern age concepts from these sources.
With new age practitioners taking leaf from Ayurveda history, this treatment system today is not only quite popular across India, but also has gained immense popularity throughout the globe. These days we find a revival of the system – a healing gift of ancient civilizations for the modern world.