Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world, developed in India thousands of years ago and becoming more and more popular nowadays. The method of healing used in this system involves taking care of the entire body and finding the right balance between the body, mind and spirit. It involves using different herbal compounds, special diets and some unique health practices for the well being of the entire body or for treating specific conditions. However, the treatments should be used only if directed by a trained practitioner, as some of them contain minerals and metals which taken in large quantities can be harmful or even poisonous, and some of the herbs used in this type of products can cause side effects or can interact with conventional medication.
The reasons for choosing alternative treatment and prevention methods using ayurvedic and herbal products include the fact that it is better to prevent than to treat a condition, the products prescribed by the practitioners are completely natural and free of any chemicals and also the fact that this type of treatment in not expensive and is accessible to everyone .
The method has become popular in the UAE in the last years, since many consumers have chosen to use natural treatments, especially for common conditions like colds, allergies, coughs or migraines. The products available on the market appeal not only to the large Indian population in Dubai, but also to the locals or other expats. There are many companies in Dubai who provided different types of ayurvedic and herbal products imported from India, including traditional plant based medicines with either curative or health supportive properties, natural health supplements, herbal teas, massage oils and herbal products for personal care, such as facial care, body care, hair care and dental care products, as well as products for child care. Apart from the products for treating or preventing different health conditions, there are the beauty products, such as creams, lotions and soaps by famous manufacturers in India, which are demanded more and more by women of all ethnicities living in the UAE. Also, the all natural shampoos and the body massage, bath and hair oils are famous for their properties. While the cosmetic products and oils are mostly safe to use by anyone without a prescription, all of the other treatment methods, including capsules, liquid medicines and herbal teas, among others, should be taken with caution and only if they are prescribed by a practitioner.