The history of Ayurveda goes back not decades, but centuries – as a matter of time, you can get references of this ancient medical science back to the times when epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana were written. The story of Hanuman going on the quest for the elusive sanjeevani booti has its roots in Ayurveda. When Charak wrote his all-encompassing Charak Samhita, he was leaving nothing short of a legacy for generations to come. There was also Sushruta Samhita, in which the story of Dhanvantri, the deity of good health imparting knowledge to practitioners of medicine has been mentioned.
Today, doctors all over the world, who practice Ayurveda, use these texts and all the information that has been passed down through the ages to ensure a healthy body and a healthy mind. Over the past several millennia, Ayurveda has become modernised, but the basic tents continue to remain the same. The basic concept of Ayurveda is ensuring a proper balance in the body – this includes the three main doshas, which are vata, kapha and pitta and ascertaining that there is no element in an amount that is greater or lesser than required.
Ayurveda takes essence from everything that is found in nature – plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables are used to balance the body. Essential oils, which are taken from nature, can be used to topically to heal the body and ease aches and pains. There are several natural juices and extracts, which when taken internally can not only heal the body, but also rejuvenate it and strengthen.
Today, people are realising the benefits of Ayurveda and returning to it, because they have understood that even though the results might not be immediate, they will most certainly be long lasting.