Throughout the East, Lord Balarama in His various Forms is associated with the Life Sciences of preventative medicine, physical culture (various yogic and martial arts disciplines), pharmacopia and healing. The wandering mendicant healers known a CARAKAS may have been associated with the Atharva Veda and Ayur Veda long before the Era of the Court Physician Charaka. In any event, Lord Baladeva is known to be the Serpentine Mount of God called Sesha. Since Baladeva IS SESHA, and SESHA IS CHARAKA, then BALADEVA is CHARAKA. If A=B and B=C then A=C.
(H2) चरक [p= 389,2] [L=72210] m. a wanderer , wandering religious student S3Br. xiv Pa1n2. 5-1 , 11 Lalit. i , 28
[L=72211] a spy Naish. iv , 116
[L=72212] a kind of ascetic VarBr2. xv , 1
[L=72213] a kind of medicinal plant L.
[L=72214] N. of a मुनि and physician (the Serpent-king शेष , who was the recipient of the आयुर्-वेद ; once on visiting the earth and finding it full of sickness he became moved with pity and determined to become incarnate as the son of a मुनि for alleviating disease ; he was called चरक because he had visited the earth as a kind of spy or चर ; he then composed a new book on medicine , based on older works of अग्नि-वेश and other pupils of आत्रेय Bhpr. )
[L=72215] N. of a lexicographer
(H2B) चरक [L=72216] m. pl. (cf. Pa1n2. 4-3 , 107) N. of a branch of the black यजुर्-वेद (the practises and rites-enjoined by which are different in some respects from those in S3Br. ) S3Br. iv La1t2y. v , 4 , 20 Sch. on VS. and S3Br. Va1yuP. i , 61 , 10
The oldest known Ayurvedic texts are the Suśrutha Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā. These Classical Sanskrit texts are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a discipline of the upaveda or “auxiliary knowledge” in Vedic tradition. It is treated as a supplement or appendix of the Rigveda. However, some believed that Atharva-Veda is the prime origin of Ayurveda. The samhita of the Atharvaveda itself contains 114 hymns or incantations for the magical cure of diseases. Charak has advised in his samhita that physicians should adhere to Atharva-Veda. Origins of Ayurveda have been traced back to 5,000 BCE, originating as an oral tradition and later as medical texts, Ayurveda evolved from the Vedas. There are various legendary accounts of the “origin of Ayurveda”, e.g., that the science was received by Dhanvantari (or Divodasa) from Brahma. Tradition also holds that a lost text written by the sage Agnivesh, a student of the sage Bharadwaja, influenced the writings of Ayurveda.
There are three principal early texts on Ayurveda, all dating to the early centuries of the Common Era. These are the Charaka Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita and the medical portions of the Bower Manuscript (also known as the Bheda Samhita). The relative chronology of these texts is not entirely clear. The Charaka Samhita is often cited as primary; although it survived only as a recension dating to the 4th or 5th century, it may be based on an original written between 100 BCE and 100 CE, in which case it would predate the other two texts.