Medicine

South Asia is home to three ancient systems of medicine: Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. These pages explore their history and relevance to current day medicine.

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Ayurveda >
The Ayurvedic system of medicine is 2500 years old. It is a holistic system that treats mind and body together.
Unani >
Unani medicine came late to South Asia, arriving about 900 years ago with the Muslim conquests. It began in ancient Greece.
Using herbal medicines >
Herbal medicines are ever more popular. This page gives sources of advice on herbal medicines and herbal practitioners.