What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the traditional and holistic system of medicine indigenous to India. The word Ayurveda has two Sanskrit components: ‘Ayu’, which means life and ‘Veda’, which means knowledge; hence, it is knowledge of life. This ancient system of medicine has evolved over time, integrating centuries of wisdom derived from practical, philosophical, religious illumination and intensive meditation adding years to life and life to years. It shows how our lives can be influenced, shaped, extended and ultimately controlled without interference from sickness or old age.
What are the advantages of Ayurveda medicine over conventional medicine?
Ayurveda being holistic is effective in treating diseases, provides individualised treatment and is conducive to socio-economic conditions of India. With the availability of large number of formulations for any particular disease, use of food items as medicine and lifestyle awareness, Ayurveda enjoys a better place in respect to prevention and cure of the disease in comparison to western medicine system.
Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?
If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, ayurvedic medicines can generally be taken along with allopathic medicines. Moreover, ayurvedic medicines are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in many chronic and degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda. However, it is always a good practice to take medications with due consultation of the doctor.
What is the basic component of Ayurveda treatment?
Treatment process in Ayurveda is to correct faulty dietary and lifestyle habits. In most cases, just by correcting the lifestyle all other corrections are naturally affected and based on the natural vitality of the system, health is regained. However, in people who have practised a poor lifestyle for many years, vitality becomes weak. This necessitates assistance in the form of cleansing the body with unique detoxifying treatments. In Ayurveda, the therapies or medicines are employed to facilitate the body’s own mechanism of healing.
When is ‘Panchakarma’ needed?
Accumulation of toxins over time leads to aggravation of a medical condition making it chronic. During such situations, mere medication may not be sufficient. Panchakarma is the preferred medical treatment to address a chronic medical condition and prevent recurrence.
Do Ayurvedic drugs have side effects?
As Ayurveda drugs are entirely made of natural substances which are bio-compatible, they usually have no side effects. Moreover patients will not become physically and psychologically dependent on them.
How is Ayurveda treatment approach different from modern medicine?
Ayurveda focuses on wellness where as modern medicine focuses on illness.