Ayurveda

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noun Ay·ur·ve·da \ ˌī-ər-ˈvā-də , -ˈve- \
variants: or less commonly ayurveda

Definition of Ayurveda

:a form of alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India and seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy

Ayurvedic

play \ˌī-ər-ˈvā-dik, -ˈve-\ or less commonly ayurvedic adjective

Origin and Etymology of ayurveda

Sanskrit āyurvedaḥ, from āyuḥ life, vital power + vedaḥ knowledge


Medical Dictionary

Ayurveda

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noun Ay·ur·ve·da \ ˌī-yər-ˈvād-ə, -ˈved- \

medical Definition of Ayurveda

:a form of alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India, that preceded and evolved independently of Western medicine, and that seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy

Ayurvedic

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Ayurvedist

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