Ayurveda is a traditional health practice in it's native India, but is seen as an alternative therapy in the Western world. The general belief held is that people are in control of their own health and have the power to prevent and treat their own illnesses. The advent of modern medicine did not halt the practice of Ayurveda, as it halted herbal and natural medicinal practices in other parts of the world. In fact, they co-exist harmoniously in the same way traditional Chinese medicine does in China.
Much of Ayurvedic medicine relies on an examination of one's dosha, or body type, of which there are three (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). These are believed to be evident based on things like one's height, weight, build, hair color, etc. and an imbalance often accompanies illness. If an imbalance is discovered, the most typical treatments involve diet changes, though sometimes topical products or other treatments are prescribed.
This guide covers 90 pages of information on the various medicinal plants of Ayurveda tradition, including it's Latin name, which type of imbalance it's used for and other information, from various Ayurveda organizations. If you're looking to expand your knowledge of alternative medicine, you'll certainly enjoy this read!