Ayurveda, as we all know is born in India. The science has been practiced for ages and is being recognized in the western world as well. With gaining popularity also various myths follow ayurvedic treatment. In this article, I have tried to cover some of the common myths following ayurvedic treatment.
Myth1# Ayurveda is not based on science
Ayurvedic treatment is based on understanding the ‘prakriti’ of a person. The concept was found to be unscientific and hence the myth that Ayurveda is not a science-backed treatment. However, the studies done proved the fact that three doshas i.e vatta, pitta, kapha are related to several unique genes. Though Ayurveda needs more studies and research yet it cannot be said that the ancient system of medicine is not based on science.
Myth2# Ayurveda is all about herbs and is a practice of eating veg
Majorly Ayurvedic medicines are plant-based but it also includes some animal-based medicines where required. The use of metals is also well known in ayurvedic formulations. Ayurvedic treatment recommends specific herbs and formulations and if required may also advise eating non-vegetarian foods. This makes it evident that Ayurveda neither promotes vegetarianism nor it welcomes eating non-vegetarian foods.
Myth3# Ayurvedic way of diagnosis is poor when compared to modern diagnosis
Modern diagnostic tools are very much efficient but it is not right to say the ayurvedic diagnosis is poor. Ayurveda diagnoses the disease at a very early stage which may not be found through other ways of diagnosis. The method of diagnosis in Ayurveda includes both mental and physical health and accordingly the treatment is tailored.
Myth4# Effectiveness of ayurvedic treatment is slow
It is a common belief that Ayurveda acts slowly and is good for chronic diseases. To counter this belief, Ayurveda can relieve an acute headache or high fever. Ayurvedic management of the disease is based on treating the disease rather than providing relief in symptoms.
Myth5# Ayurvedic treatment is about to eat this not that
Yes, Ayurveda lays much emphasis on dietary habits and lifestyle. But it is an important part of treatment and not the treatment. Medicines are required to treat the condition and a change in lifestyle and dietary habits can escalate the treatment duration and improve efficiency.
Myth6# Ayurvedic medicines do not need a prescription
Unfortunately, people take medicines without prescription not just ayurvedic but also allopathic. Though ayurvedic medicines are safe but consuming them without a doctor’s prescription can cause problems. For example, ayurvedic formulations that include traces of metals when taken for a long time can affect liver health, certain ayurvedic medicines contain parts of plants that need to be consumed in a specific dosage and for a specific duration. So always consult a doctor before consuming medicines for therapeutic purposes.
Myth7# Ayurvedic medicines generate heat
True but not all ayurvedic medicines are hot. Depending on the condition of the patient ayurvedic medicines may be hot or cold by nature.