Ayurveda came from the Indian subcontinent and was developed around 5000 years back. The ‘Ayurveda’ is a Sanskrit word meaning (Ayu) life and (Veda) knowledge of life. As per Vedas, Ayurveda is a gift of god to the mankind which was communicated to saints and sages through deep meditation. The origins of Ayurveda are also found in Atharvaveda.
Charaka, the father of medicines has made an exemplary contribution in Ayurveda. He focused more on the diagnosis of a disease and channelled Ayurveda as a means of preventing and curing illnesses. Charaka also detailed the medicinal value of herbal plants. His medical work was translated into many languages like, Chinese, Arabic and Persian.
Ayurveda is one of the few systems of medicine developed in ancient times that is still widely practiced in modern times. During colonial British rule in India, the practice of Ayurveda was neglected by the British in favour of modern medicine. After Indian independence, there was more focus on Ayurveda and other traditional medical systems. Now, more than 90 percent of the continent’s population use some form of Ayurvedic therapy.