Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of alternative medicine. Ayurveda is a system of healing unlike any other, offering a unique approach to health care in the form of self-discovery. With its roots in ancient India, Ayurveda is a tradition thought to be over five thousand years old. Today, Ayurvedic medicine is respected by the government of India and is offered in treatment centers and hospitals around the country.