Well nowadays people recognize Ayurveda as a source of Herbal Remedies for some common diseases like cold & cough or Ayurveda is just used for manufacturing herbal beauty products. But it’s a 5000-year-old traditional system of Medicine that has lost in importance in this modern era. It’s a Science of Life that emphasizes not only physical well-being but also mental peace.
Is Ayurvedic treatment effective for Modern Diseases?
It’s a big question for most people whether Ayurveda is effective for modern diseases, will it work or not? And the answer is “YES”
Ayurveda works for every disease be it Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, Kidney disorders, etc, it works effectively in chronic diseases. And there is no comparison of the Allopathic Medicinal System with the Ayurvedic Medicinal System, both are different pathy of treatment. Allopathic System is an emergency treatment for diseases whereas Ayurveda focuses on the prevention of diseases and if affected with any disease it works on the root cause to remove toxins or cause of disease so that do not occur in future. Ayurvedic medicines work effectively in Chronic diseases without fewer or no side effects.
Why we should opt for Ayurveda?
Ayurveda focuses on the prevention of diseases, works on Tridosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and Panchmahabhuta (Akash, Vayu, Agni, Jal, Prithvi) theory. It is believed that Ayurvedic medicines do not have any side effects or do not cause any harm to our body but it’s not true, Ayurvedic medicines do cause side effects if doses are not administered properly and without any proper guidance. Ayurvedic medicines are prepared from herbs, inorganic substances like metals, ores, etc.
It’s not only about medicines but it’s the food which we consume in 24 hours & the cause of many diseases. Ayurveda is the only science known so far that focuses on the way, time, and methods of eating food. Acharyas had mentioned the food to be consumed, how it should be consumed, when to consume, even the incompatible food (food mixtures that should not be consumed together).
And we all know how food has affected all our lives, nothing is available in its purest form. People eat unnecessarily without proper hunger, suffering from Constipation, IBS, dysentery and still more digestive issues WHY? Because they are not taught about it and seriously nobody teaches us that we should not consume food till the previous meal has been digested.
It’s not only about the food but also the daily activities we do in our daily routine. Acharya Charak had mentioned a separate chapter about “Dincharya”, how our daily regimen should be. From waking up at Brahma Muhurta till we fall asleep at night, every order is mentioned with proper indications and contraindications. So why we are confused between the Allopathic and Ayurvedic Systems of Medicine, they both hold separate roles, which can’t be compared.
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Why people do not accept Ayurveda as their first line of treatment?
Still, now Ayurveda is considered as a secondary line of treatment. Patients when diagnosed with a disease opt for instant relief but achieving an instant relief is not the cure of disease, it has to be removed from its roots. A patient comes to Ayurvedic therapies and medicines when the disease becomes chronic & already had suffered too many side effects of the 9-10 years of medicines intake. And it’s common that we mostly are fascinated towards the modern age, and ignore our roots.
Ayurveda is a 5000 years old system of Holistic system of medicine, quoted in various Samhitas. But we forget that everything is derived from the Vedas and many modern surgeries are mentioned in Sushrut Samhita. It’s necessary that we focus on Ayurvedic concepts whether it’s about food, living, or any disease. It mainly focuses to balance our Tridoshas and our diet, exercise.
Half of the Indian population is suffering from lifestyle disorders and these disorders do not need medicine they need proper guidance. It is said that –“If you will not eat your food as a medicine then you have to eat medicine like your food”, so following this concept we should be aware of the demerits of having unbalanced food.
Thus the concept of the traditional system of medicine needs to be enlightened and their principles spread to the masses so that minimum or no person should suffer from any kind of disorder. No pathy claims to cure patients 100% but still, everyone is trying their best to fight this battle. The current scenario of COVID infection had proved that if the Allopathic and Ayurvedic Systems work in coordination, then there will be a time when the morbidity rates will be reduced to a greater extent.