Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in theIndian subcontinent.Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type ofalternative medicine.In countries beyond India, Ayurvedic therapies and practices have been integrated in generalwellnessapplications and in some cases in medical use.[page needed]
The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the Gods to sages, and then to human physicians.InSushruta Samhita(Sushruta's Compendium),Sushrutawrote thatDhanvantari, Hindu god of Ayurveda, incarnated himself as a king of Varanasi and taught medicine to a group of physicians, including Sushruta.Ayurveda therapies have varied and evolved over more than two millennia.Therapies are typically based on complex herbal compounds, minerals and metal substances (perhaps under the influence of early Indian alchemy orrasa shastra). Ancient Ayurveda texts also taught surgical techniques, includingrhinoplasty,kidney stone extractions, sutures, and the extraction of foreign objects.
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