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Is Ayurveda treatment approved in the U.S?

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Ayurveda is a form of holistic medicine. There are a few state-approved Ayurvedic schools in the U.S. But there’s no national standard training or certification program for those who practice this alternative therapy.

The FDA doesn’t review or approve Ayurvedic products. In fact, certain items have been banned in the U.S. since 2007. The FDA has warned that 1 in 5 Ayurvedic medicines have toxic metals, like lead, mercury, and arsenic. These heavy metals can cause life-threatening illness, especially in children.

Always talk to your doctor before you try Ayurveda or any other alternative medical treatment.

SOURCES:

The Ayurvedic Institute: “Panchakarma Overview.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM): "Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction."

JIMSA: Herbal Remedies for Management of Constipation and Its Ayurvedic Perspectives.”

FDA: "Use Caution with Ayurvedic Products."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Heavy Metal Poisoning.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 20, 2019

SOURCES:

The Ayurvedic Institute: “Panchakarma Overview.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM): "Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction."

JIMSA: Herbal Remedies for Management of Constipation and Its Ayurvedic Perspectives.”

FDA: "Use Caution with Ayurvedic Products."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Heavy Metal Poisoning.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 20, 2019

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