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(ī′yər-vā′də, -vē′-)
The ancient Hindu science of health and medicine, based on maintaining balance among the five elements earth, air, fire, water, and ether.

A′yur·ve′dic adj.
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(1) The Indian philosophical basis for ayurvedic medicine.
(2) Ayurvedic medicine, see there.
While the terms ayurveda and ayurvedic medicine are often used interchangeably, the former is more global and includes both the ayurvedic philosophy and those components of ayurveda that are rarely applied in modern ayurvedic medicine; the major branches of ayurveda incorporated into current ayurvedic medicine are internal medicine, geriatrics, aphrodisiac medicine and panchakarma.
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Ayurveda is a system of wholistic medicine from India that aims to bring the individual into harmony with nature. It provides guidance regarding food and lifestyle, so that healthy people can stay healthy and people with health challenges can improve their health.
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"science of life" from ancient Vedic tradition of India.
Ayurvedic medicine - ancient science of natural medicine which promotes health of mind and body.
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The Himalayas have provided numerous plants used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine.
Known as "life's knowledge," from the Sanskrit root words ayu and veda, the Ayurvedic system dealt with many aspects of medicine, including toxicology, pediatrics, and gynecology.
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Unani and Ayurvedic Formulary Committee compiled the Bangladesh National Formulary of Ayurvedic Medicine and this formulary was published by the Bangladesh Board of Unani and Ayurvedic Systems of Medicine under section 13(j) under the authorization of the Board of Bangladesh Unani and Ayurvedic Practitioners Ordinance, 1983.
This formulary is compiled by the National Unani and Ayurvedic Formulary Committee and published by the Bangladesh Board of Unani and Ayurvedic Systems of Medicine, 38, Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka-1000 under the authority vested in the Board vide section 13 (j) of the Bangladesh Unani and Ayurvedic Practitioners Ordinance (1983) in collaboration with the World Health Organization.
National Unani and Ayurvedic Formulary Committee Bangladesh Board of Unani and Ayurvedic Systems of Medicine, Dhaka (2nd edn 2011).
In Unani and Ayurvedic systems, it is used for digestive disorders.