Busting the Ayurveda myths

Busting the Ayurveda myths

Do ayurvedic treatments take a long time to show results? 

Let’s face it, most of you have avoided taking the Ayurvedic treatment because of your disbelief in the extensive treatment time. Just like any other medical science treatment, the duration of the period is directly proportional to the disease issue and its complexity. Hence, it could be weeks, months, or a year. However, the process followed in ayurveda comes with many layers. Treating some diseases it may take time because the patient has to undergo a Shodana (cleansing) procedure and for that, we have to prepare the patient. In other diseases, ayurveda will not take that much time to show results

Does Ayurveda have no side effects?

The potential harmless effects or no effects of Ayurveda have strengthened the trust in it. Ayurveda, undoubtedly, is one of the oldest medical systems but isn’t devoid of adverse effects. Any medical practices including ayurveda followed in the wrong manner or overdosing will have side effects. The faith in local Ayurvedic practitioners and lack of consumer knowledge have put the ayurveda system under scrutiny. It is always advised to go to certified Ayurvedic doctors. In addition, ayurveda doesn’t mean only plant-based only medicines. There is extensive use of herbomineral preparation for many diseases. So the dosage, Anupama (Vehicle), duration, stage of disease, Agni, Bala of patients etc should be considered.

Ayurveda is just eating plant-based or spices?

Aloe vera, neem juice, herbs, or mixed Kadas are the first thoughts that come to mind when you hear about Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda is beyond spices, satvik, or plant-based food. Certain medicines like Ajamamsa Rasayanam, Vettumaran Gulika, Shankha Basma, Gomutra Shilajatu, and Kupipakva Rasayanas are prepared from non-plant sources. Ayurveda brings about lifestyle changes and includes sleep routines, exercise, foods, herbs, spices, and massages. Qualified ayurvedic doctors, suggest a diet on the body type and doesn’t depend on the type of food. 

Once you start the treatment, you cannot have curd.

You might have across facts like you can’t have curd during ayurvedic treatment. Well, that’s not true for all. Personalised diet charts are suggested across the globe under every medical treatment system. The same is followed in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practitioners do not suggest not consuming curd for every illness. The diet in Ayurveda is prepared on the basis of illness and to supplement other therapies undertaken in the same treatment.

Ayurveda treatment has remained the same?

How often have you seen your relatives’ unilaterally concluding the same treatment for different illnesses? It is a common disbelief that Ayurvedic treatments have remained the same throughout the years, but it isn’t true. Ayurveda is a disease-specific treatment and based on the type of the disease, the stage of the disease, and the treatment will change. For example, treatment for vatika kasa and kaphaja kasa are different . The practises, basic protocol and methodology have remained the same, but the treatment has adapted to the changing lifestyle, weather conditions, and one’s prakruti. Moreover, with extensive research, the treatment of Ayurveda has undergone several changes.