By Drew McLachlan

As the NHS shoulders a growing financial burden, the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda is being promoted as a way to take the pressure off doctors while helping people keep good health.

Ayurveda is a prevention-oriented system first developed in India as early as the 4th century, using meditation, diet and alternative medicine to promote wellbeing.

The British Association of Accredited Ayurvedic Practitioners (BAAAP), one of two professional bodies in Britain, estimates that there are currently 300 to 400 Ayurveda practitioners active in the UK.

The International Ayurveda Congress took...
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