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History and Philosophy

The traditional Indian medical system of Ayurveda has its origins in the Vedic sciences of the antic high Indian culture (Veda). Through a strict oral tradition that dates back some 5,000 years, it has endowed humanity with a highly developed system of knowledge that covers various aspects and dimensions of the cosmos.

The massive traditional literature of Ayurveda has developed over the centuries, a good part of it is still intact today. The first major medical treatises now generally held to be the basic works are thought to have been written in Sanskrit about 2,500 years ago. The Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hirdayam are the foundation for studies in ayurvedic medicine in India. In recent decades they have been translated into English and gradually into various other languages (bibliography).

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