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What is Ayurveda?

Posted Jun 15 2012 12:12pm

Also called Ayurvedic medicine, Ayurveda is a system of medicine that

originated in India several thousand years ago. The term Ayurveda combines two

Sanskrit words: ayur, which means life, and veda, which means science or

knowledge. Ayurveda means "the science of life."

 

Ayurveda is a whole medical system that integrates and balances the body,

mind and spirit and is thus considered holistic. This balance is necessary for

contentment and good health. Ayurveda also proposes treatments for specific

health problems. Another primary aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse the body of

substances that can cause disease, which helps re-establish the harmony and

balance necessary for optimal health.

-Indigenous People’s Literature Blog

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