Ayurvedic medicine is widely used in India as part of the primary health care system, and Ayurvedic practices are used as alternative health treatments in the United States, according to the University of Minnesota. The National Institutes of Health adds that Ayurveda is practiced in varying forms throughout Southeast Asia.
Ayurvedic medicine is a form of traditional medicine that originates in India, states the University of Minnesota. As of 2016, the oldest Ayurvedic texts are approximately 2800 years old, and are still used for teaching practitioners. About 90 percent of the population within modern India utilizes some form of Ayurvedic treatment.
In the United States, Ayurveda has experienced some mainstream popularity, but development has been slow, states the California College of Ayurveda. The college adds that interest in Ayurveda in the United States began in the 1970s, tied to the popularization of transcendental meditation by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
One of the most popular practitioners of Ayurveda in the United States, as of 2016, is Dr. Deepak Chopra, states the Skeptic's Dictionary. Dr. Chopra is especially popular in California, and is considered part of the American New Age movement. New Age believers in the United States represent much of Chopra's following.