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By Irene Fogarty

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Before I tell you about one of the best Ayurvedic lines on the market today, let me give you a quick Ayurveda 101. This way you’ll get a deeper understanding of just how steeped in history it is. Ayurveda, the Sanskrit word meaning “life science,” is the oldest system of holistic medical knowledge based on plant oils and herbs. It originated in India over 6,000 years ago.

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The texts of Ayurvedic practice were collectively called the “Charaka Samhita” by the legendary physician Charaka in the 2nd century BC. The Charaka Samhita traveled with traders and scholars to China , Egypt , Arabia and Europe , influencing and laying the ground work for plant-based healing all over the world. After centuries of testing, Ayurvedic science has proven effective.

Today, the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda is gaining international popularity as an alternative and complement to modern medicine. Ayurvedic treatments satisfy every aspect of a person’s well being: physical, mental and spiritual.

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Next month, you’ll learn a few Ayurvedic principles and discover what dosha you are.

Originally published November 2006

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