The term Ayurveda roughly translates to “the sacred knowledge of life or longevity”. “Ayur” in Sanskrit language means “LIFE” or “Longevity”, and “Veda” means “Science” or “Sacred Knowledge”.
Ayurveda treatments are believed to have originated over 5000 years ago as a part of the Vedic culture. Earliest references to Ayurveda practices are found in Atharva Veda the ancient Hindu text, and been corrected and perfected over the centuries to be now widely tested, researched & documented to give excellent results. Though Ayurveda has evolved over the years, the basic principles on which Ayurveda is based hold true for all times irrespective of the number of years since it is based on the human physiological factors, which have not changed much in time.
Knowledge of Ayurveda was passed on from accomplished masters/sages to their students over generations, and over the period many of it has been documented and researched on. The oldest texts known to us on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. Ayurveda through these texts studies the impact of the five elements of the cosmic system – earth, water, air, fire & space – have on the human system, and explain the importance of keeping these elements balanced for a healthy and happy life. The basic principle of Ayurveda as a natural form of medicine is based on the fact that every person is infuenced by certain elements more than others based on one’s body constitution. Ayurveda broadly classifies human body constitutions into 3 different doshas, tha is VATA, PITTA AND KAPHA.