The origin of Ayurveda dates back to the Vedic era. Most material relating to the health and diseases are available in Atharva veda. Historians claim that Ayurveda is a part of Atharva Veda. However RigVeda which is the earliest Veda also mentions about diseases and medicinal plants. In Athrava veda there are hyms which mention about medicines like Accorus calamus and Phylanthus Embelia. The systematized form of Ayurveda dates back to the prehistoric period of Rishi Conference which was held in the foot hills of Mount Himalaya. The earliest codified document on Ayurveda is Charaka Samhita. Sushruta samhita is another codified document. Sushruta tradition was said to be descended and propagated by Dhanvantari whereas Charaka tradition was descended through Atreya. Sushruta School is dominated by surgical procedures and techniques while Charaka Samhita deals with internal medicine.
Haridwar Ayurved Medical College & Research Center(HAMRC) , is recognized by the Central Council of Indian Medicine and is affiliated to Uttarakhand Ayurved University, Dehradun, and is imparting education in Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery for B. A. M. S.(Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) as per courses duly approved by C.C.I.M., under the auspices of Hasnu Ahmad Memorable & Charitable Society in own building. Here students of the country or from abroad can seek admission irrespective of religion, caste, creed, colour or sex.
The College imparts education in Unani Medicines & Surgery and under takes research work in this field. The students are to be given extensive knowledge of the fundamental theories & basic principles of Ayurveda i.e. logic, philosophy coupled with history of Ayurvedic medicine, modern medical approach on subjects of Physiology, Preventive and Social Medicine, Pharmacology, Pathology & Bacteriology, Bed side Clinic, Toxicology, Anatomy, Medical Jurisprudence etc.