Ayurveda medicines: High time to clear these 6 myths

The amount of time it takes to heal a condition has nothing to do with medicine.

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Last Updated on April 1, 2021 by The Health Master

Ayurveda is the Indian system of medicine and is considered one of the oldest medicinal systems that have ever existed. Ayurveda is time immemorial and helps countless people heal from their chronic conditions.

With the increasing popularity of holistic sciences, let’s take a look at some of the common myths about Ayurveda!

1. Ayurvedic medicines take time to work!

Just because Ayurveda has a holistic approach, it is a misconception that it takes time for Ayurvedic medicine to work! Some of the Ayurvedic medicines like Sallaki and turmeric are more effective than common pain-relieving drugs like Ibuprofen.

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The amount of time it takes to heal a condition has nothing to do with medicine. But, it has everything to do with the severity of the disease and the strength of a person.

It takes years for the disease to progress; is it unrealistic to expect our body or medicine to heal it in days? Unlike modern medicine, often Ayurvedic medicine isn’t used for symptomatic relief but acts upon the root cause.

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2. Ayurveda is against meat-eating

Ayurveda is not against any particular diet or supports a specific diet. Ayurveda is pro when it comes to natural food sources like vegetables or meat.

Ayurveda describes the properties of various kinds of meat and their effect on our health. Even in conditions like anaemia, consumption of meat is part of the treatment protocol.

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3. Ayurveda is not a real science?

Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old science that originated in India: proving Ayurvedic concepts using modern scientific principles is like comparing apples to oranges.

Many sciences emerged after Ayurveda; none of them has detailed principles or practices covering all the different aspects like Ayurveda.

For example, the circadian rhythm (dosha clock), Rasayana ( rejuvenation therapies), Sadvritta (code of conduct), Dinacharya(daily routine), Ritucharya(seasonal regimen), and much more emphasis on preventive health care for physical and psychological conditions.

Modern health concepts like Intermittent fasting(Langhana), the importance of gut-health(the concept of Agni), and intake of adaptogenic herbs for immunity have original references to Ayurveda.

Recent studies show the immunomodulatory and adaptogenic properties of ayurvedic herbs like ashwagandha and Guduchi.

Ayurveda has its scientific principles and works on the fundamental concepts of disease reversal and prevention. Before calling Ayurveda unscientific, we need to develop a specialized scientific protocol to verify these age-old principles.

4. Ayurveda only works for Indian cuisine

For adapting Ayurveda principles, you don’t need to eat Indian food necessarily. We can apply Ayurveda principles to any cuisine out there.

Warm, cooked food and meal with six tastes are the basic principles anyone can adopt despite being vegetarian or meatatarian. Ayurveda can be adapted to any diet out there as long as you are open to trying it.

5. Ayurvedic medicine has no side effects

Whether it’s a simple herb or complex formulation, all medicines have a potential downside if misused. A simple Triphala taken for prolonged periods without supervision or guidance can lead to dryness in the colon.

A doctor or practitioner should know the indications and contraindications for that particular medicine and if it interacts with other medications before prescribing them to anyone.

The general public shouldn’t misuse ayurvedic medicine without understanding the proper guidelines.

6. Intake of Ayurveda medicine without a prescription is safe?

Nowadays, a lot of ayurvedic medicines are available across online websites and shops. While most of them are safe and it might be tempting to try these medicines without a prescription.

Be aware that some of these medications can cause side effects and interact with medications. It is jalways advisable to consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner before consuming any ayurvedic medicine.

by: Dr Varalakshmi Yanamandra, Ayurvedic practitioner and a health coach

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