Ayurveda – The science of Life

Ayurveda – The science of Life

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian medical science, the origin of which can be traced back to the Vedas-ancient books of knowledge containing various subjects.
Ayurveda has its history dating dack to 5000 years. Some of the literature, texts for eg. Kashyap samhita (on paediatrics) was destroyed during foreign invasions. The 3 main texts in Ayurveda include – Charak Samhita (internal medicine), Sushruta samhita (mainly surgery), Ashtang Sangraha.
The texts in their original form are written in the form of shlokas or verses in Sanskrit.

Surgical Supremacy in Ancient India

Surgical Supremacy in Ancient India

There were several physicians practicing classical medicine in Vedic period like Dhanvantari, Bharadwaja and Atreya. However, the great progress in Ayurvedic medicine (based on natural herbs) was made during the periods of Charaka and Sushruta. Charaka Samhita describes: human embryology, anatomy, physiology, various diseases and their treatment. Sushruta Samhita describes surgery, many difficult and intricate surgical operations such as removal of stone from urinary bladder and delivering the foetus through an operation in the abdomen (which later came to be known as Caesarean section).