Ayurveda is the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world. Derived from its ancient Sanskrit roots – ‘ayus’ (life) and ‘ved’ (knowledge) – Ayurveda offers a rich and comprehensive outlook to a healthy life. Ayurveda was first practiced nearly 5000 years ago by spiritual rishis, who originally laid the foundations of the Vedic civilization in India by systematically organizing the fundamentals of life

The main source of information in this field remains in the Vedas – the divine books of knowledge. Of the few other treatises on Ayurveda that have survived through the years, the most famous are the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita, which concentrate on internal medicine and surgery, respectively. The Vedas and the AstangaHridayam, a more concise compilation of earlier texts created about 1000 years ago, lay the foundation upon which Ayurveda is practiced today

Carried over by the Buddhist monks travelling to Tibet, China, Mongolia, Korea, and Sri Lanka, the art of Ayurveda spread during the 6th Century B.C. Although not much of its survives in original form, the influences of these countries can be seen in various ways