Ayurveda (pronounced aah-yure-vay-dha) is literally translated as the knowledge of life. Life itself is defined as the “combination of the body, sense organs, mind and soul; the factor responsible for preventing decay and death, which sustains the body over time, and guides the processes of rebirth” (Charaka Samhita).
From these definitions, one can imagine how comprehensive this knowledge base is. Simply stated, Ayurveda is a holistic healing system to harmonize the body, mind, and soul. Most all modern healing modalities have their roots in Ayurveda (reiki, acupuncture, herbalism, aromatherapy, sound, color, and gem therapies).
The first evidence of human writing dates back to 7000BC: these texts originated in India and contain the knowledge and philosophy of ancient Vedic society. These Sanskrit texts came after many years of conveying this knowledge base through oral tradition, so the true origins of Vedic sciences are even older. Ayurveda is one of the many great sciences from these sentinel texts. The ancient rishis(sages) used Ayurveda to maintain their health so they could continue unimpeded on their quest for enlightenment.