Ayurveda is an ancient branch of medicine that originated in India, nearly 5000 years ago. Today Ayurveda has emerged as one of the most popular types of alternative medicine options. Many people from the world over are opting for Ayurvedic treatment. An increasing number of Americans are showing an interest in Ayurvedic medicines. This natural way of treatment is suitable for all age types. Even senior citizens can try out Ayurvedic treatment methods. Ayurveda, it is said, is effective in treating chronic conditions, respiratory problems and ailments of the mind.

  Origin of Ayurveda

This system of medicine originated somewhere in India, nearly 5000 years ago. Mention should be made of the ancient texts of “Charak Samhita” and “Sushruta Samhita,” that carried the first documented records of Ayurveda. Both these texts were written sometime in 1000 BC. Both the texts are strongly inspired by the teachings in the Vedas (ancient Indian texts).

  What is Ayurveda?

The word “Ayurveda” is a Sanskrit word that means the “Science of Life.” “Ayu” stands for life and “Veda” stands for science. Ayurveda makes use of natural elements to heal the ailments of the mind and the body. Ayurvedic treatment is based on establishing a balance of the mind, spirit and body. Anything that disturbs the balance is the cause of a person’s ailments. Maintaining the balance between body, mind and spirit, to ensure a long and healthy life is the main aim of Ayurveda.

  The Eight Elements of Ayurveda

The eight limbs of Ayurveda is known as “Ashtanga“, they are :

General name Ayurvedic Name
Pediatrics Kaumarabhritya Tantra
Toxicology Agada Tantra
Rejuvenation Rasayana Tantra
Ears, eyes, nose, and throat Shalakya tantra
Fertility Therapy Vajikarana Tantra
Internal medicine Kayachikitsa
Surgery Shalya Tantra
Psychology/Psychiatry Bhuta Vidya

Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, has acquired much fame amongst the US health travelers. This method of healing your ailments using natural remedies and methods has been the main factor behind its popularity.