History Of Ayurveda
 
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Ayurvedic Nutrition
 

 

Usually people tell that ayurveda is a 5000 year old science and the oldest science available. But it not completely correct. It is not just 5000 years old it is lot older. The documentation of the science is 5000 years old. Ayurveda is a nithya shastra ( eternal ) which has anaadi and anantha ( No beginning and no end ). Even Brahma, the creater did not create/ invent the science but he remembered the science (Brahma Smitva Ayushovedam) and transferred the knowledge to others like Daksha Prajapathi, Ashwini kumaras, Indra. Few thousand years ago, out of compassion, after seeing the human beings suffering, the rishis of that deputed Bharatwaja Maharishi to learn the shastra from Lord indra and after learning the shastra, he transferred the knowledge to many other disciples like Agnivesha, Bhela etc. Until this point ayurveda knowledge was transferred in oral tradition but these disciples documented the knowledge that they gained and thus it became a written tradition. This documented knowledge is nothing but our text books like charaka samhitha etc with which we all study ayurveda even today. It is this documentation that is approximately 5000 years old and ayurveda is not just 5000 years old.

 

Eight Branches of Ayurveda

 

Kaya Bala Grahoordhwanga shalya Damstra jara vrishan

 

Ashtavangani tasyaahu chikitsa yeshu samsraya

 

1.

kaya cikitsa or General medicine

2.

kaumarabhritya or paediatrics

3.

Bhutavidya or Psychiatry

4.

Salakya tantra or ENT & Opthalmology

5.

Salya tantra or Surgery

6.

Agada tantra or Toxicology

7.

Rasayana or Rejuvination

8.

Vajeekarana or Virilification

 

In spite of having 8 branches, each branch doesn’t work individually and everything is based on the same fundamental principles as the approach is holistic.