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Concise history of ayurveda


Ayurveda dates back to 5,000-10,000 years and is considered to be the oldest form of health care in the world. The Charaka Samhita is the main book on Ayurveda.

The Charaka Samhita, describes how in ancient times the Vedic Rishis or the enlightened sages became concerned that mankind was suffering from many illnesses. In ancient times, a meeting of the great sages was called to find a way to aid mankind and the knowledge of Ayurveda came out of this gathering. The technique the Rishis used to discover Ayurveda has no corollary in the modern scientific age and was a completely "Vedic" solution to the problem.

Around 1500 B.C. Ayurveda was delineated into eight specific branches of medicine. There were two main schools of Ayurveda at that time, Atria- the school of physicians; and Dhanvantari- the school of surgeons. These two schools made Ayurveda a more scientifically verifiable and classifiable medical system. Through research and testing, they dispelled the doubts of the more practical and scientific minded, removing the aura of mystery that surrounded the concept of Divine revelation.

Over the decades, Ayurveda has grown into a respected and widely used system of healing in India. People from numerous countries came to Indian Ayurvedic schools to learn about this world medicine- in its completeness. Chinese, Tibetans, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Afghanistanis, Persians, and more traveled to learn the complete wisdom and bring it back to their own countries.




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