What is it?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India. It commonly involves yoga, meditation, massage or bodywork, diet, and herbs.
Ayurveda means “the science of life.” Ayurveda teaches that vital energy (“prana”) is the basis of all life and healing. Prana is thought to be governed by the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and ether. Ayurveda parallels traditional Chinese medicine in many ways. The focus of treatment is on the whole person, and balancing or harmonizing body, mind, and spirit.
Ayurveda uses a wide variety of methods to diagnose and treat many different medical conditions. The evidence supporting its use varies for each treatment and condition.
Like traditional Chinese medicine herbal products, Ayurvedic herbal products have suffered from poor quality. Some Ayurvedic products have been contaminated with prescription drugs including corticosteroids and NSAIDs. Other products have been contaminated with high concentrations of heavy metals including mercury, arsenic, and lead.
Effective for …
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that uses a variety of treatments including herbs, specific combinations of herbal ingredients, meditation, yoga, and bodywork. See specific therapies for effectiveness information.
Like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda uses herbs or specific combinations of herbal ingredients to help balance bodily processes. Many of the herbs commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine are used in Ayurveda. Ayurveda also uses diet, yoga, exercise, lifestyle changes, and bodywork to treat illness.
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