Ayurveda remedies and medicine is a relatively new form of healing in our Western culture and it can be difficult to find a practitioner who is fully qualified in this form of healing. My own personal interest in Ayurvedic remedies was ignited whilst holidaying in Kerala in the South West of India. There you will find an Ayurveda practitioner on almost every street corner (slight exaggeration), but there are many of them, so it is a popular form of treatment for all type of ailments and illnesses in India.
Whilst in Kerala I went to see an Ayurveda practitioner as I have experienced several years of chronic insomnia and thought it can’t do any harm and nothing to lose. I was prescribed some medication in the form of little round dark green balls; I was to take three of these each evening before going to bed, after a few days I found that I was able to drift of to sleep quite easily. I then started to look at Ayurvedic medicine in a new light, these pills were all natural ingredients from plants and flowers and totally non addictive.
Ayurveda remedies offers specific recommendations to each individual on lifestyle, diet, exercise, Ayurvedic Medicines and Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda medicine is a healing system indigenous to India. It is a centuries-old practice using plants, herbs and flowers which has more recently become popular in the Western world. Similarly, as in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda practitioners adhere to a strict philosophy regarding illness and believe imbalances in the body are often influenced by external and internal circumstances, similar to the Chinese principles of yin and yang.
Some important questions relating to Ayurveda Medicine:
1. Ayurveda medicine is less effective than Western Medicine
- Fact: Although this form of treatment requires more patience and endurance. The effectiveness can be cited by this example.
Whenever there is a tear in a cloth or a hole in a container, we intend to rectify it using the similar material that it is made of. Similarly any fault in the human body also calls to be corrected by use of natural resources, as much as possible.
2. Ayurvedic remedies are slow in showing results
- Fact: In many instances when a patient feels that a form of treatment is a bit too slow they will seek more conventional methods of healing in the way of prescription drugs. This can not only delay the effect of the prescribed ayurvedic remedies, it can also minimize the effect of the medicine and result in a waste of money. often when this course of action is taken it is assumed that ayurvedic medicine failed to heal. So when embarking on Ayurvedic treatments one must always bear in mind the old adage “slow and steady wins the race”. If you follow this principal you will be pleasantly surprised.
3. Do Ayurveda remedies have side effects
- Fact: As in any form of healing, any type of medications or therapies that are abused or not taken in the manner that they have been prescribed by their practitioner can result in unwanted side effects and lose their efficacy. Ayurvedic medicine is considered to be one of the safest and surest methods of healing.
Three points to keep in mind when embarking on a course of treatment:
- The very principle of Ayurveda treatment is to find the root of the problem and deal with it, and to also see that no new ailment emerges as a consequence. The principle being that a disease is eradicated from its roots.
- Ayurveda insists that medicine be centered at the patient rather than on the disease. The mind, body and soul are integrated and medicine is prescribed with this in mind.
- since Ayurveda deals with preparations mainly from herbs and natural resources, it is a harmless therapy with few or no side effects.
4. Are Ayurvedic remedies only suitable for older patients
- Truth: There is no known limitation in this form of treatment. It is equally suited to all age groups. Ayurveda could be considered a blessing for children when their body system is yet tender and their immune system is not fully matured. The natural products used in this healing system do not interfere with their body resistance and at the same time tends to be far safer and more comforting.
5. Are Ayurvedic remedies an alternative medicine
- Fact: Though Ayurvedic medicine is often described as an alternative therapy, one must bear in mind that it is one of most ancient and complete systems of medicine. It existing long before western medicine. The word Ayurveda is itself derived from ‘Ayush’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means science. Therefore, Ayurveda is the complete science of life. It is a treasure and can provide every individual a life full of health, vigor and vitality.