Origin of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is said to be an upaveda ( a subordinary ) of atharva veda. References of various diseases and treatments are mentioned in the oldest book of the world rig veda too. Jwara is menmtioned as takma,and rituals using various herbs are mentioned in the hymns of rigveda itself. Ayurveda is said to be anadhi and anantha and nithya meaning having no origin and no end and its eternal. So there is no exact starting point to ayurveda. Ayurveda deals about understanding nature’s wisdom , hence its older than human beings too. Mythologically speaking, the first acharya of ayurveda was lord brahma, the creator, among the trinity of Indian gods, its by his penance he was illuminated with knowledge of ayurveda. He preached it to lord daksha prajapathi, who passed on the wisdom to the twin physicians of the heaven the two ashwinis, who are known as deva bhisak i.e the physician for the gods , from them it was passed on to lord indra . Later when human race was suffering from various diseases which stood as obstacles to attain the ultimate aim of life, the liberation. The ancient rishis or the sages gathered around the Himalayan region and prayed the god to put an end to the sufferings. Owing to the request of rishis, lord indra taught to the rishis the divine science of life and hence ayurveda came to earth and since then it has been taught to various disciples in guru sishya parampara.