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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Resources: Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda?

  • Ayurveda stems from the Sanskrit word ayus, meaning life or lifespan, and veda, meaning knowledge
  • It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years
  • The goal of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit, through proper drinking, diet, and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies
  • 2 main types: Traditional and Maharishi

Abstracted from: Ehrich, Steven D. Ayurveda. University of Maryland.  Accessed 10/31/15.

Ayurveda Practice

Ayurveda Benefits/Risks

  • May reduce risk of heart disease
  • May reduce pain and disability in those with arthritis
  • Combined with allopathic (western) therapies to treat Constipation, Acne, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibroids and Obesity
  • Herbal medications can interfere with other medications so it is recommended to check with a healthcare professional prior to taking any herbal remedies.

Abstracted from: Ehrich, Steven D. Ayurveda. University of Maryland.  Accessed 10/31/15.

Resources

Ayurveda: the Science of Life.  From the Chopra Center.

Ayurvedic Medicine: an Introduction.  From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Metta Wellness.  A local Ayurvedic Wellness Center located in Shrewsbury, MA.

National Ayurvedic Medical Association

Ayurveda Practice