Ayurveda its Origins

Ayurveda its Origins


So if you’ve been following the teachings from Ayurveda to achieve optimum health. That's really very good! However, did it occur to you to ask where Ayurveda came from? When was it discovered? Why is it called an eternal science? You see, knowing the origins of things is one of the reasons for us to trust them. That’s why it is important that you know Ayurveda’s beginning. Let’s talk about it here.

Discovery of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is considered an ancient way, yet as time goes on, even now, it is still being used. That’s why it is an eternal science, the science of life if you would translate the word, “Ayurveda”. It is said that it first existed in the universal consciousness, and through meditation, it was passed from the creator to the ancient Indian mystics. However, the record of its discovery stretches deep into antiquity. 

 We can say that its pre-discovery began during the Bronze age civilization in the Indus Valley (today’s Pakistan), from 3300 to 1300 BCE. It was the age when food and spices that are used in Ayurveda medicine and cuisine today are already being cultivated. Through the trade of those goods, the center of civilization shifted to the Ganges Basin. The group of people who called themselves Arya or nobles in that civilization practiced a positive and life-affirming spirituality. Their custom, later, lead to the composition of Vedas in ancient Sanskrit, it was considered to be between 500 and 1000 BCE. 

The Oldest

 Vedas are the most ancient Hindu scriptures containing hymns, philosophy, guidance on rituals for the priests of the Vedic religion, and the science of life which was later known as Ayurveda. 

 How Ayurveda was Spread

The teaching from Vedas, including Ayurveda, started to spread when the Vedic or Gangetic civilisation entered the Iron Age at around 600 BCE. It shook off other civilisation superstitious methods of healing as it provided people with clarity, depth reasoning, and a profound philosophical basis. 

During India’s Golden Age (320 to 550 CE), under Gupta Empire, Ayurveda text was refined and rosed. That even during the invasion, and trade in India, it is still what the people used as medicine. No matter what the other culture has provided, Ayurveda still stood as the more reasonable way to optimum health.

 British Rule

However, when the British came and ruled India from 1858 to 1947, they sought to impose their own civilization upon the land. And since Ayurveda beliefs were different from British medicine practitioners, teachers, text, and techniques were silenced. Even so, there are still those who believed that Ayurveda was good for the world. That’s why it survived on the outskirts of society. And when India regained independence, Ayurveda was revived and acknowledged again.

 20th Century

Then, in the mid to late 20th century, Western seekers of medicinal techniques came to India. They went home to their land with the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda. In the early 1980s, known doctors spread the teachings of Ayurveda throughout the United States. Later, it began to be recognized throughout the world through publications, schools, clinics, and many more.

Up to this date, many people have expressed their satisfaction, evidence, and positive experience with Ayurveda teachings. That’s why it will never die and will further receive popularity.


Linda Bretherton

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