We are living in an era in which the Ayurveda, the most ancient science of Basics of Indian system of medicine. Moreover, an eternal science of life is flourishing. Ayurveda backs its beginning from Vedic periods. It is the only system of medicine that gives importance to preventive and curative medicines. It comprises treatment from pediatric to Geriatrics.
The word Ayurveda derived from AYU and VEDA. AYU means life VEDA means science or knowledge. Ayurveda means the science of life. Charaka defines "That science is designated as Ayurveda which deals with advantage and disadvantage as well as happy and unhappy states of life along with what is good and bad for life, its measurement and the life itself (Charaka Sutra 1 - 4)" Ayurveda embraces all living things, human and Non-human. It is divided into three main branches viz., Nara Ayurveda dealing with human life, Satva Ayurveda the science dealing with animal life and its diseases, Vriksha Ayurveda the science dealing with plant life, its growth and diseases. It is amply clear that Ayurveda is not only a system of medicine but also a way of life to complete positive health and spiritual attainments
Ayurveda believes that positive health is the basis for attaining four cherished goals of life (Chaturvedi purushartha) viz., Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. All these four goals cannot be achieved without sound positive health