Ayurveda, a primitive science, has its origin dating back to the time immortal. Since the time life evolved on the earth, mythologically it has been mentioned that Lord Brahma conceptualized the concept of Ayurveda.
The word itself is made up of two words ‘Ayu‘ and ‘Veda‘. The meaning of the word ‘Ayu‘ can be defined as the numbers of years that we live while the meaning of ‘Veda‘ is the fountain of wisdom. So Ayurveda itself is an experience of life.
It is the philosophy which is beyond the current modern sciences that not only explains about the measures of longevity but also concentrates over the quality of life that one should live for a healthy society.
It has been reported that the written literature about Ayurveda came into the existence as one of the world’s first ever written literature approximately 5000 B.C. back in the form of the Vedas. Vedas are full of such kind of wisdom and it was the time when such references were used and various parts of information were brought together in form of an authentic knowledge by some of our imminent sages to establish the holistic system of healing. As far as the history is concerned, Ayurveda is all about the wisdom arising from the constant observations and it is the science purely based upon the self experiences.
It was a discussion amongst some altruistic sages that brought out the best and the oldest system of medical fraternity who were worried about the decline of the social health around the globe. Acharaya Bhardwaj was the first among those who professionally started imparting Ayurvedic wisdom to his immediate descendant, Acharaya Atreya. The latter took an initiative to set up the first school of Ayurvedic medicine. It is the time when Ayurvedic wisdom which was transferred orally until now took a form of written scripture. Agnivesha, a student of Acharaya Atreya framed his knowledge in the form of a text and his work was upheld across the arena of intellectuals. He named his book as Agnivesha Tantra. Till date the book remains the main pillar of Ayurveda and is famous by the name of Charaka Samhita. It is mandatory to mention the probable time of this creation which dates back to an astonishing 2500 B.C. back.
Ayurveda, considered as Ashtang, comprises of eight fully developed branches in medical science with their own specializations - Kaya Chikitisa (Ayurvedic medicines), Kaumar Bhritya (Ayurvedic Pediatrics),Graha Chikitisa (Occult Science), Shalakaya Tantra (Ayurvedic ENT), Shalya Chikitisa (Ayrvedic Surgery), Agada Tantra (Ayurvedic Toxicology), Jara Chikitisa (Geriatrics) and Rasayana Chikitisa(Rejuvenation).Leave a reply →