The ways in which people use Ayurvedic medicine  are as varied as the users. Many people use it to complement or supplement their conventional Western treatments. For example, some adherents find that Ayurvedic therapies minimize the side effects of chemotherapy . Other people use rejuvenation regimens to "recharge" during the course of a chronic illness. And some follow Ayurvedic diets with the goals of eating more nutritiously , gaining energy, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Still others employ Ayurveda, especially non-medical practices, to simply build and maintain greater overall physical, mental, and spiritual health . Ayurveda provides many techniques that are easily adapted into daily life, including massage , meditation , and herbal therapies.
For more information, see What Happens In a Visit to an Ayurvedic Practitioner .
Denise was a 58-year old female diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She was undergoing chemotherapy, and her oncologist recommended seeking Ayurvedic advice on effective ways to deal with her side effects. After an exhaustive examination, Denise's Ayurvedic practitioner created a tailored diet and herbal treatment for her.
After following this regimen, Denise's nausea abated and her energy increased, giving her the ability to once again enjoy her everyday routines and responsibilities.
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