Ayurveda


Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, derived from two roots: ayur, which means life or lifespan, and veda means knowledge. Knowledge of Ayurveda arranged systematically with logic is called Ayuvedic science. Indian medicine has a long history and considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science & the oldest organised systems of medicine.

 

Ayurveda was the enlightenment of a group of sages who retied to the foothills of the Himalayas to meditate on the secrets of life and the methods of staying untouched by disease. They came back from Himalayas to plains to spread this knowledge. The body of knowledge was transmitted for thousands of years by oral verses that carried down generations, so their date of composition; hence the exact date of the birth of Ayurveda cannot be ascertained.
Its earliest concepts are set out in the sacred writings called the Vedas, especially in the metrical passages of the Atharvaveda, which may possibly date as far back as the 2nd millennium BC. The language used was Sanskrit - the vedic language of that period (2000-500 BC). Evolving throughout its history, ayurveda remains an influential system of medicine in South Asia and has recently become popular in Western cultures.

 

Hygiene, which is an Indian cultural value and a central practice of ayurvedic sciences. Hygienic living involves regular bathing, cleansing of teeth, skin care, and eye washing. Occasional anointing of the body with oil, painting forehead with sandalwood, colouring hand/feet and hair with henna is also prescribed.