Ayurveda comes from Ayur(life) and veda(scripture). Ayurveda is the oldest known science of holistic medicine. It promotes health & healing using natural substances mainly herbs and plant products. The ancient texts of Ayurveda date back to 3000 forming part of the original veda.
Ayurveda treats each person according to the his/ her Prakruti( being) which is decided by the three doshas Vata ( wind related), Pitta (Bile related) and Kapha (phlegm related). A person has to have three in balance to enjoy good health. Ayurveda helps to regain and retain the balance.
A concoction of herbs and natural substances in fluid form is called kashayam. It is one of the most common form of medication in Ayurveda. These may be mixed with other concoctions or tablets or powders for a certain treatment.
A full body oil massage, abhyangam is a wellness treatment but has been prove beneficial for patients with nerve disorders and arthritis and rheumatism. Medicated oils are used for abhayangam. It varies according to the individuals Prakruthi.
Was ahead of his times when he performed reconstructive surgery as far back as 800BC. He used fine surgical equipments to do rhinoplasty, otoplasty and ophthalmic surgeries among others. His treatise Susruta Samhita speaks of these procedures in detail.