Overview of an “Ayurveda”
Ayurveda, meaning ‘science of life’, is a holistic medicine, found some 5,000 years ago in India. Dhanvantri is said to be the God of Ayurveda. It is one of the oldest medical sciences in the world, known for treating the body and the mind simultaneously. Focusing on three elements, or doshas (Vata, Kapha, and Pitta), Ayurveda can completely cure your body, mind, and soul.
Today, Ayurveda is accepted worldwide for its effectiveness and is scaling new heights with each passing day. It is so popular that it has over 100 colleges imparting ayurvedic education all over the world. Ayurveda is said to be more effective as compared to any other sciences because unlike other sciences, it focuses on the absolute health of the individual.
The ayurvedic market is expected to expand tremendously over a decade. Because of the use of natural ingredients and negligible side effects, ayurvedic products have managed to create an edge against any other medical sciences.
There are innumerable benefits of Ayurveda. Some of them are listed below-
- Ayurvedic medicines are not disease-specific, they act as a preventive theory and cures the entire body, soul, and mind.
- Ayurvedic medicines can also help in improving the immune system of the body and also keep it energized.
- It can also help in releasing stress, anxiety and promoting mental fitness.
- It is also a non-toxic treatment and is therefore free from side-effects.
- Ayurveda is also a very cost-effective treatment and is very affordable.
- Ayurvedic treatments can be very effective in blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Ayurvedic treatments are known for eliminating the diseases from its roots, thus, providing a permanent solution.
- Ayurveda is very helpful in maintaining a balance between the outer world and the inner self.
- Ayurvedic treatments eliminate all the toxins from the body, improving the overall health of the body.
- Since Ayurvedic medicines are made up of natural ingredients, they cause no harm to the environment.
Critical Approach of Ayurveda
Irrespective of so many benefits of Ayurveda, it is criticized by large masses. Perhaps because of the lack of awareness about this age-old science or the urge for a quick-fix solution. However, there are also a number of misconceptions about Ayurveda. Some of them are:
Approach 1 – Ayurveda is believed to take a longer time in curing a disease as compared to other medical sciences. The reason behind this is that unlike other forms of treatments, Ayurveda attacks the root cause of the diseases and aims at eliminating it completely, which justifies its long-term treatment process.
Approach 2 – Ayurveda is believed to be the ideal treatment only for chronic (long-term) diseases. Undoubtedly Ayurveda has a great record of its effectiveness on chronic ailments (like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, etc.) but it can be equally effective for short-term problems like a headache, fever, cold, etc.
Approach 3 – Ayurvedic products are believed to be made up of some conventional recipes and home remedies. Ayurveda does consist of all natural ingredients, but they are formulated and customized according to the needs of the patient and is, therefore, more effective.
Approach 4 – Ayurveda is believed to lack sync with modernism. Ayurvedic treatments are performed with conventional methods and techniques. According to Ayurveda, the elemental imbalances of doshas in one’s body is the cause of all the physical and mental ailments of the body. However, Ayurveda can suffice the needs of the complete body and can greatly influence modern sciences.
Ayurveda has undoubtedly got an edge over any other form of treatment in terms of cost efficiency, effectiveness, ease of availability, nature-friendliness and uniqueness in treatment. These are the reasons people from throughout the world are showing an increasing interest towards Ayurveda. It is not just a medical science but is a way of life with cultural and traditional values attached to it.