Ayurvedic tradition developed in India over the course of 5,000 years. Practices stressed the use of the Earth’s elements to find balance in the body, and, in turn, good health. The original works describing this system and their protocols are still widely used today. Although the methods vary widely, the Ayurvedic use of plant and aromatic compounds is currently taught in over 100 accredited universities in India. Emerging research is now being performed to validate many protocols rooted in this tradition.