China is known for its Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with its herbal medicines and acupuncture. Ayurveda is to India what TCM is to China. Both countries, even today, use their traditional medicines hand in hand with western (allopathic) medicine in hospitals, clinics, private practices, cities, and villages.
Ayurveda includes a comprehensive study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic systems, and treatment strategies. Ayurveda is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective, traditional health science. Ayurvedic physicians focus on the overall health of an individual through a holistic evaluation that centers on body, mind, and spirit. Once the individual's overall constitution is determined, a specific treatment plan is designed to guide the person back to a state of harmony. Ayurvedic medicine utilizes practices such as yoga, exercise, meditation, massage, dietary changes, herbal tonics, and herbal sweat baths.
The following are common herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine: