The word ‘Ayurveda’ comes from the word ‘ayur’ meaning ‘life’ and the word ‘veda’ meaning ‘to know’. Ayurveda means ‘the science of life’, and is a medical system practiced in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Ayurveda’s mythological origins, though, are attributed to the Indo-European Nasatya or Aswins, twin physicians of the gods of the ancient Indo-European pantheon. Four thousand-year old references to the Nasatya are found in the now extinct Hurrian and Hittite languages in Turkey and in the Sanskrit language in India. Ayurveda is considered the upaveda or accessory veda to the Atharva Veda. The four Vedas are the world’s oldest literary documents in an Indo-European language.
A classic Ayurvedic text that parallels the time frame of the Atharva Veda, is the Charaka Samhita. Written in the Indus Valley area around 1000 BCE in Sanskrit, it is a treatise on general medicine. This strongly suggests the probability that Ayurveda, though of pan-Indo-European origins earlier, had begun to evolve into a distinct entity within the sub-continent by the first millennium BCE.
Ayurveda’s lasting influence in the non-Indo-European sphere began after the rise and spread of Buddhism in the 6th century BCE Buddhist monks introduced Ayurveda to China, Tibet, Korea, Mongolia and Sri Lanka, leaving a lasting legacy in their medical systems.
More recently, the German translation of an Ayurvedic text that dates back to less than 1000 BCE, the Susruta Samhita, contributed to modern medicine the discipline of plastic surgery.
Ayurveda is one of the Indian systems of medicine and a growing sector with rising demand for safe and effective products. With the increasing urbanization and changing lifestyles of the humanbeings, there are a soaring number of chronic disorders in the society.
Traditional knowledge of our ancient science such as Ayurveda to come up with answers to the latest diseases in a cost effective manner.There is an uptrend in the research going on the development of products for abnormal conditions such as Obesity and Alzheimer’s diseases which are caused because of changed and irregular food habits and life styles.
» Do Herbal and Ayurvedic remedies have any side effects?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that uses a variety of treatments including herbs and specific combinations of herbal ingredients. Some of these are safe while others may not be, needs to be taken under ayurveda practitioners' observation.
Many conventional medicines attempt to suppress symptoms without allowing the body to heal itself, sometimes resulting in harmful side effects instead of suppressing symptoms.
» Are there really no side effects of ayurvedic medicine?
Generally not all of the Ayurvedic medicines, but some of them are no side effects . However, one should consult the doctor before taking any remedy and should follow the instructions to get the desired results and healing.