Ayurvedais analternative medicinesystem with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.The theory and practice of Ayurveda ispseudoscientific.The Indian MedicalAssociation(IMA) characterises the practice of modern medicineby Ayurvedic practitioners asquakery.Ayurveda is heavily practiced in India and Nepal, where around 80% of the population report using it.
Ayurveda therapies have varied and evolved over more than two millennia.Therapies include medicines, special diets, meditation, yoga, massage, laxatives, enemas, and medical oils.Medicines are typically based on complex herbal compounds, minerals, and metal substances (perhaps under the influence of early Indian alchemy orrasa shastra). Ancient Ayurveda texts also taught surgical techniques, includingrhinoplasty,kidney stone extraction, sutures, and the extraction of foreign objects.
The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the gods to sages, and then to human physicians.InSushrutaSamhitha(Sushruta’s Compendium),Sushruta wrote thatDhanvantari,Hindugod of Ayurveda, incarnated himself as a king of Varanasi and taught medicine to…
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