Ancient Details of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is India’s traditional, natural system of medicine that represents the science of life and longevity originating in the Vedic tradition of India. This system of medicine seeks to employ a balance within the three elemental energies – vata, pitta and kapha, collectively known as doshas, the imbalanced state of which causes the body to be affected negatively in certain ways.
In Hindu mythology, Dhanwantari is believed to be the physician of all gods. The source of Ayurveda has been attributed to him. A page from the manuscript of Atharva Veda, dating back to 2nd Millennium BC, contains 114 formulations for the treatment of diseases. Various Ayurvedic manuals written by Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata also give a detailed description of treating hundreds of diseases.
The entire science of Ayurveda is based on the five basic elements – Panchabhuta. The entire physical universe and every living and non-living element in it (including our bodies) is composed of these five basic elements. There is an invisible and constant interaction between these elements, which act for or against each other to create harmony or discord.
Ayurveda is not only a science of medicine but also a perfect science of life and longevity. The pillars of prevention like good conduct, good thoughts, excellent social relationship, good nutrition, wholesome diet and moderate exercise, all put together, provide the holistic approach and lead to complete cure of all diseases in a better way.