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Fact Sheet Number 702
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The word “Ayurveda” is made up of two
Sanskrit words meaning “the knowledge
Ayurvedic medicine originated within
the ancient spiritual traditions of India. It
treats and nurtures the mind, body,
senses and soul.
strengthen the immune system using
personalized routines for meditation,
spiritualism and nutrition. Ayurveda
employs a system of herbalism similar
to traditional Chinese medicine (see
fact sheet 704).
Ayurvedic practitioners enhance well-
being and prevent disease by nurturing
the deeper connections between mind
and body. They believe that true health
means more than the absence of
disease. True health is a state of "total
health," where the patient’s vital forces
are well-energized and in balance.
WHY DO PEOPLE WITH HIV
USE AYURVEDIC MEDICINE?
People with HIV often consult with
Ayurvedic practitioners to help improve
their overall health and energy level.
According to Ayurveda, HIV relates to
issues with loss of energy.
Ayurvedic medicine does not cure HIV
infection. Many people,
believe that it has helped them improve
their overall energy levels, improve their
immune system, help fight off other
infections, or deal with the side effects
of antiviral medications.
Ayurvedics believe that the body uses
three doshas or types of energy:
• vata, the energy of movement
• pitta, the energy of digestion and
• kapha, the energy of lubrication.
patients are classified by body type into
three groups determined by proportions
of the three doshas.
The practitioner consults with a