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Ayurvedic medicine, or Ayurveda, is considered to be a whole medical system. It originated in India more than 5000 years ago. The word "Ayurveda" in Sanskrit means "the science of life". It continues to be practiced in India, where 80% of the population uses it exclusively or with other medicine.
There are three underlying concepts in Ayurvedic medicine:

  • People, their health, and the universe are interconnected. Health results when there is harmony in that relationship.
  • The body's constitution (the ability to resist or recover from disease) is influenced by the person's unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics.
  • A person's chances of falling ill are related to the balance of life forces, the state of the physical body and mental factors.

Based on these concepts, treatment is tailored to each person's constitution. A broad range of techniques are used including massage, herbs, oils, minerals, exercise, meditation, and diet. (National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine)

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