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.
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