Ayurveda History

Consequently, Ayurveda grew into a respected and widely used system of healing in India.

Around CA.1500 Before. Common Era. Ayurveda was delineated into eight specific branches of medicine and there were two main schools - Atreya, the school of physicians, and Dhanvantari, the school of surgeons. These two schools made Ayurveda a more scientifically verifiable and classifiable medical system.

The main vehicle of the transmission of knowledge during that period was by oral method. The language used was Sanskrit — the Vedic language of that period (2000-500 BC). The most authentic compilation of his teachings and work is presently available in a treatise called Sushruta Samhita. This contains 184 chapters and description of 1,120 illnesses, 700 medicinal plants, 64 preparations from mineral sources and 57 preparations based on animal sources.

Rig Veda CA.3000 Years Before. Common Era. : Verses on the nature of existence, on nature of health and disease, pathogenesis and principles of treatment. Among the Rig-Veda are found discussions of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha and the use of herbs to heal the diseases of the mind and body and to foster longevity.

Atharva Veda CA.800 Years Before. Common Era. : Lists the eight divisions of Ayurveda - Internal Medicine, Surgery of Head and Neck, Opthalmology and Otorinolaryngology, Toxicology, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Gerontology or Science of Rejuvenation and Science of Fertility.

Charaka Samhita CA.600 Years Before. Common Era: A major work on internal medicine, written by the physician Agnivesa, modified by Charaka

Sushrutha Samhita CA.500 Years Before. Common Era. : Sushrutha, a surgeon who developed the operative techniques of rhinoplasty (plastic surgery), wrote the Sushrutha Samhita that describes a highly developed surgery.

Samhitas of Vagbhata CA.600 Years A.D.: This text deals with all aspects of life, health, disease and treatment. It is because these texts contain the original and complete knowledge of life, Ayurveda is known today as the only complete medical system still in existence.

From the last decades, Divya Sanjivni Gram Udyog Sansthan is playing the same role in treating the people to the cure.

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