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HISTORY OF AYURVEDA -Ajit Patel Uk, Sanda Wellbeing & Wellness Group

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term derived from two words: Ayur, meaning life, and Veda, meaning knowledge;
Ayurveda, literally means 'the knowledge of life' but a more accurate translation is the 'knowledge of
longevity'. The philosophy of Ayurveda is 'love of truth'.

Ayurvedic medicine is considered to be the oldest natural healing system, and the oldest branch of medicine,
in the whole world. It is an intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of years ago and
historical evidence of Ayurveda is found in the ancient books of wisdom known as the 'Vedas'.

Ayurveda is more than a medical science, however, and can only be understood when one realizes that it is
intricately woven in to the fabric of nature. Over five thousands years ago spiritually enlightened Seers or Rishi,
through close observation of nature, and its relationship to man, combined with advanced meditation,
developed the science of Ayurveda and imparted that truth from Guru to disciple. Today Ayurveda exists in
texts, scribed in the form of melodious poetry. Because the roots of Ayurveda were born out of the realm of
the Spirit, only with a spiritual orientation can one understand thisknowledge.

Ayurveda contains the secrets of why man needs to cooperate with nature completely in order to ensure his
well being. When there is little or no cooperation, the resultant disharmony is suffering, disease and finally a
premature death. Thus, in dealing with the body in the context of the spirit, Ayurveda is a completely holistic
approach to life in general.