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4 Common Myths About Ayurveda

  • 04 Jun 2019
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Many of the younger generations are not embracing Ayurveda like their predecessors

Although Ayurveda has been around for almost 5,000 years and is one of the most respected healthcare systems around, many people these day are still not seeing Ayurveda as a option to take, especially the younger generation.

Most think that modern medicine is the safer and quicker route. Let's look at some of the common misconceptions of Ayurveda.

Misconception 1: Modern medicine provides quick relief; Ayurveda takes time to be effective

Not all Ayurvedic treatments and medicine take a long time to be effective. Unlike modern treatments, Ayurveda not only treat the symptoms but also the root cause of the disease. Sometimes it takes a longer time because patients would only opt for it once modern treatments are ineffective in curing the disease and they have been suffering for a long time. Patients then become impatient and switch to another alternative. It is important to realise that Ayurveda can be highly effective if the patient uses it during the early stages of the disease and allow their body to heal.

Misconception 2: Ayurveda is just a collection of home remedies

Ayurveda is not just a form of treatment; it is a way of life. If followed correctly and properly, Ayurvedic principles can be extremely beneficial in making its followers life more balanced, healthy and productive. Ayurvedic medicines are formulations made of herbs, minerals, oils, and other natural ingredients that are customised to suit an individual's Prakriti ('nature' as defined by body-mind combination). The medication administrated is always customised because the root cause of the disease is taken into consideration.

Misconception 3: Ayurveda is meant to treat chronic ailments

Most people do not consider using Ayurveda as a treatment during the initial stages of their ailments because they believe it is meant to treat major diseases only. Ayurveda has been successful in treating chronic disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, obesity and skin diseases; but it is also beneficial in treating common ailments like indigestion, headache, cold, cough and fever. Herbal medicines, Panchakarma therapies and customised diet and lifestyle plan are recommended to each patient in Ayurveda, irrespective of the severity of disease.

Misconception 4: Ayurvedic principles and treatments are out of date

Ayurveda is on par with modern science even after thousands of years in practice. According to Ayurveda, each individual's body constitution is defined by his combination of doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. An imbalance of these elemental combinations is the direct cause of physical disease. Though invisible, they are responsible for functions like providing energy, motility, circulation, digestion, and metabolism, among others. For decades now, modern science has made several attempts to map the tridosha theory to knowledge about the human physiology. An article in the New York Times indicated that scientists have found 'three kinds of ecosystems' in human beings, which could help classify people into distinct categories and lead to medical applications of its own.

Source: Bawarchi
Photo Credit: Ayurvedic Touch



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