Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system coming from ancient India. It is a natural medicine practice, based on the use of herbs and spices. Ayurveda can be used as a preventative and health maintaining medicine although it is also practiced as a form of healing therapy. In fact, Indian food always contain some ayurvedic spices such as tumeric which has numerous health benefits.
Yoga retreats and courses in Rishikesh usually include an introduction to ayurvedic medicine and its uses. However if you wish to learn more about it, you can sign up for a seperate course on ayurveda medicine and treatments. If you haven't got any experience in ayurveda, why not check out the many spas in Rishikesh and try out some of the ayurvedic treatments first. Here are some recommendations:
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And if this has convinced you to explore deeper and learn more about Ayurveda, there are several courses available of various lengths. Before you sign up, you might like to have a chat with the teacher first and also check out his/her credentials. Here's some recommendations to start you off with: