Ayurveda originated & developed in India thousands of years ago. It is said that Lord Brahma created Ayurveda along with the creation of mankind and universe. It is considered as a branch (Upaveda) of Vedas. The origins of Ayurveda are also found in the Atharvaveda, which is said to contain 114 hymns and incantations described as magical cures for diseases.Ayurveda aims to promote human happiness, health & increases the creative growth in an individual.
Just as the Universe is composed of the five great elements – Panchamahabhoota viz. Space (akash), Air (vayu), Fire (agni), Water (jala) and Earth (prithvi), so is the human body. This is a fundamental similarity between universe and man. A healthy balance between the microcosm (human being) and the macrocosm (universe) is the basis of health.
Ayurveda is based on the theory of three humors (tridosha) i.e. vata, pitta and kapha, even body tissues (saptadhatu) i.e., fluid components of the body (rasa), blood (rakta), muscle tissue (mamsa), adipose tissue (medas), bone tissue (asthi), bone marrow (majja) and reproductive elements (shukra) and three bio-wastes (trimala) i.e. urine (mutra), faeces (pureesha) and sweat (sweda).
The essence of seven body tissues (saptadhatu) called oja is responsible for the immunity and strength of the individual.