About Ayurveda



Ayurveda (the science of art of healthy living) is one of the branches of Vedas. It is regarded as upaveda (offshoot) of Atharva-veda. It is a stream of the knowledge passed on from generation to generation from teachers to their students and so on. This knowledge is in a continuous flow. From where it came is not sure, who started this chain, none can tell about it. Beside teachers and students, it is passing on from a father to his son and from a mother to her daughter. It is flowing since eternity parallel to the Vedic literature that is why its emergence has been said to be from the creator (Brahma) himself. It is called eternal because nobody knows when it was not there. All this shows its long tradition and deep attachment to the Indian culture.

Etymologically Ayurveda has two word- Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda stands for the knowledge. So strictly speaking Ayurveda is knowledge for life. For what this knowledge is? What is the aim of Ayurveda? Talking about both Paramount Scholars of Ayurveda - Charka and Sushruta has told that the Aim of Ayurveda is to prevent the diseases in a healthy person and to cure the diseased one. They have given these following definitions of Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is a science of life. It tells what is good and what is not for the healthy life.
A science dealing with the details about the life, its endurance and eminence is Ayurveda.
An eternal knowledge, aimed to cure the diseases of all creatures is Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a science which tells us how to use foods, herbs and other natural resources for maintenance of health.
All natural things and their effect on body is where discussed that science is known as Ayurveda.
Where all ailments of body, psyche and consciousness are cured and made healthy is Ayurveda.

From these definitions it is clear that Ayurveda is a complete knowledge about life, how to live life in a healthy way and to achieve harmony with the nature.

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