anything is better than negative nothing the same way if one can realize
the positivity of Ayurveda than no need to apply anything for Healthy and
Happy life...few interesting FAQ for Ayurveda are below Change Your
Perspectives About Ayurveda....
1. Ayurvedic Medicine is Difficult to take
This is true to some extent, as the medicine in this field requires to be
adjusted to a medium that would enhance its properties. Most of the
classical drugs are available in the form of powders, tablets, syrups and
chutneys. Yet, these days a majority of pharmaceutical companies have come
out with effective patent drugs in easy tablets and capsules form. These
are quite effective as these mostly contain extract form of the
2. Ayurvedic Medicine is Non-Researched
I would not agree to this false belief because our inherent pathy of
Ayurveda is age-old and time tested. Since times immemorial this system of
medicine has been in use and has proved to be result oriented and
justified. It would be of good concern to ponder over the fact that the
same herbal drugs and formulations that had been used hundreds of years
ago are still in use. There has been little or no replacements whatsoever.
3. Ayurvedic Medicine is too expensive
Not all Ayurvedic medicines are expensive. Though, it is a combination of
drugs that make the same less pocket friendly. Yet, there are options and
substitutes available. Some medicinal formulations contain expensive
ingredients like gold and silver. These are generally prescribed only in
case of chronic or severe form of disease.
4. Ayurvedic Medicine is offensive in Taste and Odor
There is no denying of the fact that some medicines like the blood
purifiers tend to be bitter. But that is exactly what the patient with a
skin disease is missing on. The bitter or pungent taste is required for
the body so as to perform the cleansing act effectively. Even then if the
patient is unable to take a particular product, the doctor would
definitely suggest a combination medium like honey or mishri (crystalline
5. Ayurvedic Medicine contains Steroids
This sort of misconception is also prevalent nowadays, especially among
the more cognizant class. Yet, let me avail this chance to absolutely
contradict this doubt. The medicines in the Ayurvedic system is either
herb based or there are formulations prepared from natural resources or
metals that have been thoroughly prepared in accordance with the
pharmaceutical and pharmacological evidence available in the Ayurvedic
texts. You could escape these doubts when visiting a registered and
qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.
6. Ayurvedic Medicine is Slow in showing Results
I would once again contradict this statement. The irony lies with the
delay from the patient’s side. Most of the patients visiting holistic
practitioners take their time in trying the other systems of medicine so
as to derive a faster result. This not only delays the effect of the
medicine, it also hampers with the working of the drug. This is because
the patient has either tried much more complicated and powerful
combinations 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.”
7. Ayurvedic Medicine is Only for Chronic Diseases
Although a number of Ayurvedic medicines have shown effective results
especially in case of long lasting and chronic ailments, as is generally a
limitation with many other systems. But, it is equally effective in
providing harmless benefits for acute problems like viral fever and common
8. Ayurvedic Medicine could be Harmful for the Kidneys
This is very uncommon occurrence. According to my belief, the only reason
for this, if any, could be of taking the drugs that are not prepared under
accurate drug standardization and surveillance. Let me state here that it
should be of prime concern to purchase the medicines which have been
prepared strictly under standardized stipulations.
9. Ayurvedic Medicine is only for Elderly Patients
There is no any known limitation in this form of treatment. It is equally
suited to all age groups. I would also state here that Ayurveda could be
considered as a boon for the children when their body system is yet tender
and in the process of immunity building. The natural products do not
interfere with their body resistance and at the same time tend to be more
safe and comforting.
10. Ayurvedic Medicine has Side Effects
Any side effect from medicine, be it of any pathy, may result from the
misuse of the drug, either in processing or in prescribing. As far as side
effect or after effect is concerned, as an Ayurvedic practitioner I
believe these 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
First, In Ayurveda the very first
principle in treating a disease is to do away with the basic cause of
the disease, and also to see that no new ailment should emerge as a
consequence. A disease is eradicated from its roots.
Second, Ayurveda insists that medicine be
centered at the patient, rather on the disease. The mind, body and soul
are considered as a tripod and the medicine is prescribed for the
overall health augmentation.
Third, as Ayurveda deals with the
preparations mainly from herbs and natural resources, it is basically
harmless therapy with least or no side effects. And precisely, this is
the demand of our times.
Ayurvedic medicine is less Effective
I would want to say here that although Ayurveda therapy generally calls
for more patience and endurance both on the part of the patient as well as
the doctor, yet its efficacy cannot be undermined. The effectiveness of
this natural therapy may be cited by this example. Whenever there is a rip
in a cloth or a crack in a pitcher, we intend to rectify it using the
similar material that it is made of (cloth and mud respectively).
Similarly any fault in the human body also demands to be corrected by use
of natural resources, as much as possible. Our body absorbs and responds
much better to nature and Ayurveda is all natural!
12. Ayurvedic Medicines are not Assorted
I would not agree to this misconception. This is because on the contrary,
Ayurvedic therapies and medications are greatly wide ranging. There are
medicines to provide relief and cure from an ailment, and there are
Ayurveda formulations that shield you from diseases. Nevertheless,
Ayurveda products would work as anti-aging therapies, aphrodisiacs, beauty
enhancing and overall balancing healing modalities and Ayurvedic medicines
are actually supportive for any age group from infants to geriatrics!
Ayurveda science imbibes many other natural healing therapies like
Panchkarma, Yoga, Meditation, Naturopathy, Massage therapy etc. Also,
there is a extensive diversity of Ayurveda medicinal formulations which
come in the form of tablets, herb extract capsules, syrups, decoctions,
powders, herbal jelly, concoctions, fermented potions; and oils, pastes,
ointments, liniments also for local application.
13.Ayurveda Medicine is only another Alternative Therapy
I believe that Ayurvedic system of medicine is incorrectly quoted as an
alternative therapy as this has always been the most ancient and complete
system of medicine. It has been in existence since times immemorial, long
back before the emerging of all other therapies. Moreover in India we deem
that Ayurveda origins straight from the Gods more than five thousand years
ago! The word Ayurveda itself is derived from ‘Ayush’ which means life,
and ‘Veda’ which means science. Therefore, Ayurveda is the complete
‘Science of Life’. The importance of Ayurveda can be acknowledged by the
mere fact that a whole Veda has been dedicated to it. We need to
understand that Ayurveda is an ancient heritage. It is a treasure to be
valued and acknowledged so as to provide the humanity with a life full of
health, vigor and vitality.
This article written by Dr. Gaurang J. Joshi (B.A.M.S, M.D, M.E.T.C),
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Gujarat, Website :
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