The History of Ayurveda

It is told that fifty-two sacred and wise men from different parts of India, established what is today known as the Verdi philosophy. This philosophy was verbally transmitted through the sacred scriptures, written around 170-1100 B.C.E., and divided into The Four Vedas, considered the most ancient demonstration of human literature, classified into:

  • Rigveda
    describes the cosmic law and origin of the universe

  • Yajurveda
    contains internal and external rituals and trans-formative actions

  • Samaveda
    based on mantras and chants in musical forms

  • Atharvaveda
    describes the knowledge related to curative and preventative powers, as well as everything concerning medicine, lifestyle, relaxation, etc.; includes a section dedicated to the art of healing, called Ayurveda


Ayurveda Timeline


  • ~500 B.C.E.
    Ayurveda was enriched due to Buddhist influences

  • 272—231 B.C.E.
    during Ashoka ruling, Ayurveda gained importance and was studied extensively

  • 1100—1200
    First decline of Ayurveda during Muslim invasion

  • 1839—1947
    Ayurveda decline further under British rule with introduction of Western modern medicine

  • 1947
    Thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s independence and Ayurveda blossomed again

  • Today
    Ayurveda is practiced all around India and is a Master’s Degree at national universities

Spiritual healing lore is not prescription, diagnosis or healthcare information

They are presented as spiritual supports to healing and other life issues. See a doctor or licensed medical practitioner for all health issues.