Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medicines. Originating in the Indian subcontinent more than 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda still remains part of present-day India’s Healthcare System, promoting the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other practices such as massages with medicated oil to treat or prevents various diseases.
The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge).
Some Ayurvedic practices predate written records and were handed down by word of mouth. Three ancient books known as the Great Trilogy were written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago and are considered the main texts on Ayurvedic medicine.
The primary focus of Ayurvedic Medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for many specific health problems.