Ayurveda originated in Ancient India and it was first mentioned in the texts of Rig veda and Atharva veda. The texts mention the concepts of health and illness and the usage of healing herbs.
We are sure that its historical roots are more than 5000 years old, and some assert that Ayurveda originated in prehistoric times.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest healthcare and healing systems in the human history and Ayurvedic texts claim that its knowledge is eternal and its principles always valid.
The word Ayurveda means "the knowledge of life" and it refers not only to healing principles but to the knowledge of life as a whole. The Ayurvedic philosophy is based on six orthodox philosophic systems of India, which postulates have been built in its texts.
The theory of four goals of a human life (Dharma - righteousness, moral values, Artha - prosperity, economic values, Kāma - pleasure, love, psychological values and Mokṣa - liberation, spiritual values) is closely connected to Ayurveda, since these goals can be reached much more easily if we are healthy and long-lived.
Throughout history Ayurveda has had its ups and downs. Today it has a full support of the Indian Government which encourages its development and research on Ayurvedic preparations and protocols.
Ayurveda is one of the official medical systems in India and it is supervised by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.