Ayurveda has a long history of healing ailments, from headaches to arthritis, but it has a problem in the West: many Westerners find it hard to accept the idea that their own medicine has some inherent properties to it that can be used to treat a range of ailments.
In fact, some doctors, including the New England Journal of Medicine, have called ayurvinga a pseudoscience, arguing that ayurveting isn’t based on scientific evidence.
In this new series, The Ayurvival, we take a look at some of the major claims made by ayurvivors, the practitioners of a form of traditional Indian medicine that uses herbs to treat diseases, from cancer to arthritis.
In the video, we explore how herbal medicines can help people, both the young and old, deal with the symptoms of a variety of conditions.
This series is part of our Science series, exploring how science works, and why we rely on it.
This story originally aired on February 11, 2019.