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[ah-yer-vey-duh, -vee-] /ˈɑ yərˌveɪ də, -ˌvi-/
the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life.
Origin of Ayurveda
< Sanskrit, equivalent to āyur- life, vital power + veda knowledge
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Ayurvedic, adjective Unabridged
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/ˈɑːjʊˌveɪdə; -ˌviːdə/
(Hinduism) an ancient medical treatise on the art of healing and prolonging life, sometimes regarded as a fifth Veda
Derived Forms
Ayurvedic, adjective
Word Origin
from Sanskrit, from āyur life + veda knowledge
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Contemporary definitions for Ayurveda

an ancient Indian system of holistic medicine drawn from Vedic literature that seeks to balance individual imbalances through adjustments in diet, exercise, and sleep and involving herbs, aromas, meditation, and yoga to address health issues


Ayurveda states that all disease begins with an imbalance or stress in the individual's consciousness.

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Hindu for 'complete knowledge of the totality of life''s 21st Century Lexicon
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