What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient medical system of the Indian subcontinent. It is believed that this system originated in India 5000 years ago. The word Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words 'Ayush' meaning life and 'Veda' meaning 'science', hence it literally means 'science of life'.
The texts of Ayurveda consider the imbalance of three bodily doshas (Tridosha = Vata, Pitta, Kapha) to be the cause of disease and the condition of Samdosha as health. Ayurveda is also called Triskandha (three-shouldered) or Trisutra, these are the three skandhas or trisutras – for, linga, and medicine. Similarly, eight parts of Ayurvedic medicine have been considered (Ashtanga Vaidyak), these eight parts are- Kayachikitsa, Shalytantra, Salakyatantra, Kaumabhritya, Agadatantra, Bhutvidya, Rasayanatantra and Vajikaran.