India's traditional medicine, Ayurveda is glorified and projected as pristine medical system that can fix what scientific medicine can't. Ayurveda scholars in India and the west look at it as the way to perfect health. It claims discovery of vaccination before Jenner and miraculous plastic surgery before the advent of anaesthesia. Colourful descriptions of ayurveda by articulate writers raise hopes in patients suffering from irrecoverable diseases. But what is the truth? The history of ayurveda, its achievements and capabilities are debunked by an experienced professor of ayurveda. This book gives a historical perspective of ayurveda and cautions the people against the damage done by pseudo-scholarship of some ayurveda pundits in the east and west.