When was Ayurveda established?
Ayurveda was founded some 6000 to 5000 years ago. There is some debate as to the precise time. The literal translation of Ayurveda is Ayus ~ meaning life and Veda ~ meaning science. Where did Ayurveda come from?
Ayurveda originated from Rishis (enlightened beings) in India who experienced the knowledge of Ayurveda whilst in deep states of meditation. Thus, Ayurveda was born not of the mind of man but rather, of universal laws or wisdoms instilled into the heart of these ancient seers. The unconscious un-manifest was brought into the conscious manifest by these rishis founded from their understanding of all creation.
This knowledge was originally taught orally and was not transcribed into text. This was considered by the rishis as the most effective way to enable a student to not just learn information but to actually embody the teachings.
When it was eventually transcribed into text it was done so in Sanskrit in the form of poetry known as sutras
in the Vedic times of India.
Thus Ayurveda is not only a science of life but also a spiritual science for those who seek this aspect of universal truth. Being a universal truth, Ayurveda is timeless in its application and effect.