The History And The Origins Of Ayurveda

24th February 2020 // By Dhyan Praveshika Team // HomeArticles

Ayurveda serves as a system of medicine that has its historical roots in the Indian sub-continent. Globally and in a modern manner, Ayurveda has popularly grown to become a term of alternative medicine for healthcare. In foreign countries, Ayurvedic therapy and other such concerning practices are integrated into the general wellness applications and medical usage. It is said to be the eternal science that first existed in the universal consciousness before being passed onto the ancient mystics through meditation.

The origin of Ayurveda dates back to the Vedic era. With most of the concerning material relating to health and diseases being available in the Atharva Veda, many historians claim that Ayurveda is a part of Atharva Veda. While RigVeda, being the earliest Veda also mentions about diseases and medicinal plants. It is believed that Ayurveda was a gift given to the ancient seers of India by their Hindu gods about 5,000 years ago. According to the Vedas, ancient texts recorded ways to achieve a healthy and balanced life.

It is said that the Hindu god Brahma created Ayurveda, who then transmitted his knowledge to his son Daksha Prajapati. Daksha then passed on this knowledge to the twin Vedic gods Ashwini Kumaras. The twin gods then used this to become the physicians of the gods, and the Devas of Ayurveda. Presenting Ayurveda to Indra, the king of gods. Indra had three physicians as disciples. With this, it was said to begin the tradition of passing down the knowledge of Ayurveda from the gods, to sages.

From 3300 - 1300 BC, a civilization flourished in the Indus Valley, many of the foods, spices and other ingredients we concern with Ayurvedic cuisines including rice, mung beans, urad dal, ginger and turmeric were already being cultivated. Later the centre of this civilization shifted to the Ganges basin where people called the 'Arya' practised a positive spirituality that is encapsulated in the Vedas. Between 500 - 1000 BC, in the ancient form of Sanskrit, the Vedas were recorded to be celebrating the different elements of life, fire, wind, water and earth. Many herbs, some unknown and some still used in Ayurvedic practices were described in the Vedas.

Dhyan Praveshika Team