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Ayurveda’s Increasing Use in Alternative Medicine

Endorsed by the WHO, All Eyes Now on Ayurveda

In recent years, traditional medicine, folk remedies, and other forms of holistic and alternative medicine that aren’t practiced in normal hospitals have started to gain attention in Japan as well as America and Europe. This includes Chinese medicine (Chinese herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion, shiatsu, qigong) and Ayurvedic methods like Indian medicine, immunotherapy, healthy diet, aromatherapy, and balneotherapy. Although not all of these methods have been scientifically verified, even established medical organizations have started to recommend alternative medicine in order to promote all-around healthier lifestyles, and more and more doctors are starting to incorporate parts of alternative medicine into their own regimens.

Among these various alternative medicines, Ayurveda stands out for being one of the few to be scientifically proven. Ayurveda is truly holistic in that it seeks to help us maintain vitality and fulfill the potential we are all born with by keeping our bodies and minds properly balanced. It has no side effects and requires no advanced medical equipment, letting anybody easily incorporate it into their daily routine. These traits have led to it enjoying more attention from more and more people.

Unlike other medical disciplines, Ayurveda does not limit itself to curing symptoms. It says that the reason pain and illness occurs is because something isn’t right in our bodies. By finding the source of the symptoms and fixing it, the resulting problems go away naturally; in other words, restoring balance. This helps to reduce the severity of symptoms in people that don’t feel well, and helps people that are already healthy to feel better than their years suggest.

Currently, over 50 institutions and universities across America, Europe, Australia, and other countries recognize Ayurveda as a legitimate alternative medicinal practice to western medicine. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also recommended it for its safety, economic soundness, and efficacy, which in turn has served to dramatically raise awareness and increase demand around the world.

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