Juice therapy was introduced to the United States in the 1970s. It is the consumption of only juices from fresh fruits and vegetables. Juice therapy has long been a component of the 5,000 year-old tradition of Ayurveda. Ayurveda was a traditional system of medicine that originated in India. In this system, juices were used to fortify body tissues, or "dhatues." Practitioners of Ayurveda believed that stress and emotional imbalance could cause the malabsorption of necessary nutrients. Doctors in this field would commonly prescribe juices to strengthen the weak tissues in an attempt to cure conditions such as anemia, constipation and arthritis.
Naturopathic physicians (NDs), who treat patients with combinations of natural healing methods, may use juice therapy to treat some medical conditions.
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