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The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that evolves from combination of two words, "Ayuh" meaning life and "veda" meaning knowledge. Ayurveda "Science of Life" or "wisdom of life" deals with nature and includes all aspects of life. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old science that originated in India and the components and concept of Ayurveda is rooted in Vedas, the ancient book of knowledge that dates around 3000 BC. The component of the science that deals with health and disease is known as Ayurvedic Medicine and came into existence around 1000 BC.
Ayurvedic Medicine is the world's oldest comprehensive health care system and is indigenous to India where it is widely practiced. "This ancient art of healing asserts that the science, philosophy and spirituality are all necessary aspects of healthy living." Thus Ayurveda is not only a comprehensive medical system but also a way of living and the very concept of "mind, body and spirit" originates from Ayurveda.