The word Ayurveda comes from two root words in Sanskrit, Ayush meaning life or life span and Veda meaning knowledge. The science of Ayurveda, thus, literally means the complete knowledge of the totality and longevity of life. Ayurveda the ˜science of life", or longevity, is the holistic alternative science from India, and is more than 5000 years old. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, forming the foundation of all others.

The re-awakening of Ayurveda reflects the resurgence of the traditional values of life governed by natural law and reverses the neglect of natural medicine that had taken place in recent centuries. Ayurveda was obliterated in ignominy and oblivion. Centuries old clinical and theoretical knowledge became lost and unavailable. Its effectiveness also became limited since practitioners did not use its comprehensive approaches.

Since ages, sages and physicians have been rediscovering this timeless health wisdom and today, Ayurveda is practiced by more than 400,000 Ayurveda doctors, and is recognized by the WHO as an effective health science. Ayurveda Texts, scriptures & oral traditions ascribe their authorship to Charka, Dhanvantari, Sushruta, Kashyap, Vagbhata, Sarangadhara Samhita & others.

Charka's Samhita, a text with which Ayurveda begins, consists of 120 chapters divided into 8 parts covering pharmacology, food, diet, diseases, their diagnosis and prognosis, the treatments, anatomy, embryology, and pharmacy. Sushruta Samhita, consists of 6 large sections which deal mostly with surgery, treatment of wounds, diagnosis and extraction of splinters, pathology, anatomy, ophthalmology, dentistry and child care. Vagbhata Samhita is considered to be the compendia of Charka and Sushruta Samhitas presented in a well organized and thematically structured composition. The ancient Ayurveda science also deals with Alchemy and its medicinal uses, plastic surgery, gynecology, cosmetics, medicinal plants, their uses and manufacturing processes of herbal formulations. Ayurveda, said to be a world medicine, is the most holistic or comprehensive medical system available.

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