The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the Gods to sages, and then to human physicians.[6]In Sushruta Samhita(Sushruta’s Compendium), Sushruta wrote thatDhanvantari, Hindu god of Ayurveda, incarnated himself as a king of Varanasi and taught medicine to a group of physicians, including Sushruta.[7][8]Ayurveda therapies have varied and evolved over more than two millennia.[2]Therapies are typically based on complex herbal compounds, minerals and metal substances (perhaps under the influence of early Indian alchemy or rasa shastra). Ancient Ayurveda texts also taught surgical techniques, includingrhinoplastykidney stone extractions, sutures, and the extraction of foreign objects.[9][10]

Although laboratory experiments suggest it is possible that some substances used in Ayurveda might be developed into effective treatments, there is no scientific evidence that any are effective as currently practiced.[11]Ayurveda medicine is considered

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