Ayurveda is the Sub-Veda among four Veda(s). My question is which Veda is the primary Veda of Ayurveda? Please explain!


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Ayurveda is treated as Upaveda of Rigveda and Antharveda.1

The Charanavyuha mentions Āyurveda as Upavedas of Rigveda. But Sushruta and Bhavaprakasha mention Ayurveda as an upaveda of the Atharvaveda. 2

So Ayurveda is treated as upveda of Rigveda or Atharveda.

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    Rugveda is actually contains the knowledge in the form of Shlokas, but all kinds of practical knowledge is collected in AtharvanaVeda. So Ayurveda is part of AtharvanaVeda, which requires practical knowledge and demonstrations to learn and also exists in Rugveda in the form of Shlokas.
    – Bharadwaj
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 13:45
                    Ayurveda = Science of Life.

There are four Vedas in Hinduism the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. The Vedas are the primary texts of Hinduism.Vedas are written in Sanskrit.

Ayurveda is a part of Atharva Veda. It is defined in two parts of Atharva Veda – Bhaishagykni and Âyushyâni.

It's Also influenced by a lost text by the sage Agnivesa.


we can find references from charak samhita chapter-30 that Ayurveda is the upveda of Atharvveda as in atharveda the part of medicinal plants are majorly described . Morever Ayurveda had been more affected by different philosophies for instance Ayurveda has accepted 6 padarthas-Samaya,visesh,dravya,guna.karma,samvaya from vaisesika darshan after a few modifications.


Actually Ayurveda is upaveda of Rigveda according to Charaka which are logically and theoretically affiliated in the ancient time. Ayurveda is firstly described in the Mahabharata (achikitsiya granth).


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