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As always, seek professional advice before using any of the methods listed.


Ayurveda, from Sanskrit as; Āyurveda आयुर्वेद, or "life-knowledge";
English pronunciation /ˌaɪ.ərˈveɪdə/) or Ayurvedic medicine.
This is a system of Hindu traditional medicine of Vedic tradition, native to the Indian subcontinent, and a form of Alternative Medicine.


Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medicine of India. Ayurveda believes in the existence of the three basic elemental substances, the doshas (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha), and states that a balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease.

Such disease-inducing imbalances can be adjusted and balanced using traditional herbs, minerals and heavy metals. Ayurveda stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments, with some animal products, and added minerals, including sulfur, arsenic, lead, and copper sulfate.


Some of the oldest known Ayurvedic texts include the Suśrutha Sahitā, Charaka Sahitā. These Sanskrit texts are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda.

Once we hit medieval times, Ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Practices that are derived from Ayurvedic medicine is regarded as part of complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Negative point of view

There is no actual scientific proof as to how effective Ayurvedic medicine is for the treatment of diseases, and concerns have been raised about Ayurvedic products;-
U.S. studies showed that up to 20% of Ayurvedic U.S. and Indian-manufactured patent medicines sold through internet contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic.