6 Truths about Ayurveda And What Is It

What Is Ayurveda Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one..

6 Truths about Ayurveda And What Is It

6 Truths about Ayurveda And What Is It

What Is Ayurveda

Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.

It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease.

But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems.

In the United States, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Ayurveda and Your Life Energy

Students of CAM therapy believe that everything in the universe – dead or alive – is connected. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you have good health.

When something disrupts this balance, you get sick.

Among the things that can upset this balance are genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate and seasonal change, age, and your emotions.

Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.

These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works.

They are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth).

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others. Each one controls a different body function.

It’s believed that your chances of getting sick — and the health issues you develop — are linked to the balance of your doshas.

1. Ayurvedic medicine is less effective

Truth: It is true that this method of treatment calls for more patience and endurance. The effectiveness can be cited by this example.

Whenever there is a tear in a cloth or a hole in a pitcher, we intend to rectify it using the similar material that it is made of.

Similarly any fault in human body also calls to be corrected by use of natural resources, as much as possible.

2. Ayurvedic medicines are slow in showing results

Truth: The irony lies with the delay from patient’s side. Most patients visiting holistic practitioners take their time in trying other systems of medicine so as to derive a faster result.

This not only delays the effect of medicine, it also hampers the working of the drug.

This is because the patient has either tried much more complicated and powerful combination of drugs, the effect of which needs to be neutralized first.

Or in the mean time, his malady has substantially become deep rooted and taken chronic form.

It may at times show to work slowly, but as the fable goes slow and steady wins the race.

3. Ayurvedic medicine has side effects

Truth: Any side effect from medicine, of any therapy, may result from the misuse of drug, either in processing or in prescribing.

As far as side effect or after effect is concerned, I believe time tested medicines are safer provided the former two factors are precise.

The safety of Ayurvedic medicine and mode of treatment may be advocated in 3 pints.

1. In Ayurveda the very first principle in treating a disease is to do away with the basic cause, and also to see that no new ailment emerges as a consequence.

A disease is eradicated from its roots.

2. Ayurveda insists that medicine be centered at the patient, than on the disease. The mind, body and soul are considered a tripod and medicine is prescribed for overall health augmentation.

3. Since Ayourvda deals with preparations mainly from herbs and natural resources, it is a harmless therapy with least or no side effects.

4. Ayurvedic medicines are for older patients

Truth: There is no known limitation in this form of treatment.

It is equally suited to all age groups. Ayurveda could be considered a boon for children when their body system is yet tender and in process of immunity building.

The natural products do not interfere with their body resistance and at the same time tends to be more safe and comforting.

5. Ayurvedic medicines are just an alternative

Truth: Ayurvedic system of medicine is incorrectly quoted as an alternate therapy as this has always been the most ancient and complete system of medicine.

It’s been existing before the birth of other medical therapies. The word Ayurveda is itself derived from ‘Ayush’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means science.

There fore, Ayurveda is the complete science of life. It is a treasure to provide every individual a life full of health, vigor and vitality.


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Daniel Messer, RNutr, CPT

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