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Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda translates to "knowledge of life." Based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in the individual's consciousness, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, and the environment.

Ayurveda treatment begins with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. Studies have shown reductions in blood pressure, cholesterol, and reaction to stress in people who practiced Ayurvedic methods.

In India, Ayurveda is considered a form of medical care, equal to conventional Western and homeopathic medicine. Practitioners of Ayurveda in India undergo state-recognized, institutionalized training. However, Ayurvedic practitioners are not licensed in the United States.

Ayurveda can have positive effects when used as a complementary therapy in combination with standard/conventional medical care.

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