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A) There are currently no documented references to the precise timing of when Ayurveda began, however it is estimated to have begun over 5000 years ago in India. (Organic India, 2013) As legend has it, the Ayurvedic teachings were passed down from Brahma, ‘the god of creation’ to one of his deities, Dhanvantari, who is now known as ‘The father of Ayurveda’. Dhanvantrari in turn passed this knowledge onto mortal sages through the practice of meditation. (Organic India, 2013) Nutritional Medicine has evolved since the beginning of mankind, therefore the development of this healing system cannot be appointed to any one person. Originally different cultures followed a hunter-gathering lifestyle, using what ever plants and animals they could find to help them survive and give them strength. As history continued nutritional discoveries advanced. The Greek philosopher, Anaxagoras, identified through the study of animals that the food you consume becomes you, and therefore must contain generative components. (Rai University, 2013) Throughout the world food continued being used medicinally. In 400 BC Hippocrates, ‘The father of medicine’ determined that food impacts the health of the mind and body. Following this breakthrough, Leonardo Da Vinci and Antoine Lavoisier contributed to the determination of how the metabolism works. As the science of nutrition continued to advance, a notable experiment conducted by Dr James Lind in 1747 revealed that limejuice cured scurvy. (Rai University, 2013) Colonisation allowed further exploration into medicinal benefits associated with a newfound variety of food. B) Ayurveda therapies still to this day have generally stayed true to their ancient historical origins. These therapies involve the use of herbs, food, aromas, gems, colours, yoga, mantras, lifestyle and surgery. Around 520 BC important advances in Ayurvedic medicine were

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