Though Ayurveda is of vedic origin, and dates back to 5000 years, Buddhist contribution to this system of health science is invaluable.
Along with propagation of education Buddhist monks paid keen attention to health care education. They popularized herbal medicine and Ayurveda benefited tremendously from it.
Buddhist contribution is clearly visible in Kerala where the most authentic form of Ayurveda is being practiced now.
It could be said that many of the present day Ayurvedic practitioners are descendents of early day Buddhists.
Similar to the Buddhist doctrine of the ‘middle path’, Ayurveda also advocates moderation in all things. Like the ‘eight fold path’ – eight basic tenants of Buddhism, Ayurveda also has rules for healthy living.
Ayurveda advises us to resist negative thoughts, abstain from physical abuse, not to give into greed, not to give into sorrow, resist fear, shun pride, arrogance and ego.