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Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system of medicine which is based on customs, beliefs, and practices of the Hindu culture. From the perspective of Western medicine, it is unproven healing treatment. Ayurveda means "the science of Life": veda - science, ayur - life.[1] The U.K. defines it as a Group 3a "Long-established and traditional systems of healthcare", originating in India, based upon the principle of mind-spirit-body interaction and employing natural herbs, usually mixtures, in treatment.[2] or maintain good health.


  1. Medical Subject Headings,National Library of Medicine
  2. Select Committee appointed to consider Science and Technology, U.K. Parliament (21 November 2000), Chapter 2: Disciplines examined, Definitions of the Various CAM Therapies, Complementary and Alternative Medicine