In Hindu inscriptions one can read many references and renditions of occurrences that prove that herbal medicines and practices are already in good use and relatively advanced during the Vedic ages.
Such references, found in the old texts are the implantation of a steel leg replacing a broken one on King Ravel’s daughter and the transplant of a horse’s jaw on a human’s head.
Other references about Ayurveda treatments are also found in the Arthashastra (Economy) scripts by Kautilya.
Here reference is made to a simple survey on health herbal doctors possessing Yantra (equipment), Shastra (tools), Agada (poison), Aushadha (medicine), Sneha (love), Vastra (clothes), Parichaarak / Parichaarika (nurses), with which to cure and heal.
Pashu Chikitsa (Ayurveda, Animal Treatments)
Going back through the ages, one will find out that regulations and rules really mattered to everyone back then. During the ancient period of the Vedic era, life was all natural and major importance was given to Yadnya, only allowed to married men.
Hunting was only permitted for Yadnya and feeding, whereas eating meet after Yadnya was considered as a holy deed. All the animals involved in Yadnya had to be first cured from any disorders and / or diseases, always with natural herbal medicine.
The origin of the word Ayurveda goes far back into the ages, originally deriving from the formulation of the word ‘Ayur’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ standing for knowledge.
Traced back to the evolution of civilization, Ayurveda care herbal science was already practiced, with the witness to this fact being the oldest scriptures known to mankind; the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Athra Veda and Sam Veda.
Originally descended as part of the Vedic science, Ayurveda medicine became an integral spiritual science basing its theories and herbal remedies on the knowledge of the universe.
One of the core statements descended through the 6000 year old history of herbal medicine states that one can achieve a life of well being by possessing sound sharira (body), mana (mind) and atma (soul).
Ayurveda India’s gift to mankind, narrates on its written texts and even in its practices the importance of anything surrounding our life in order of a healthy living, from personal hygene to social conduct.
Ayurveda therapy practice for well being is divided into sections.
One of the sections defined as ‘for the layman and self care’, which caters for home remedy in Ayurveda for various diseases and disorders while it also outlines the right way of life.
The other section of this herbal treatments’ science is referred to as ‘the healer and his practice’, and treats the more intense diseases and is more commonly practiced by Ayurveda treatment professionals.
Ayurveda herb practices usually involve the healing of disorders by working on the spiritual factor and also using general ‘way of life’ alterations.
Both of these aspects reflect heavily on one’s health conditions and the right balance of both will reduce disorder tendencies.
According to Upanishads, the spiritual teachings of ancient India, disease is the highest form of asceticism (tapas), whereby the truth of life and the truth of one’s own self can be revealed.