Ayurveda. Myths about Ayurveda



Ayurveda is a traditional system of Indian medicine, a kind of alternative medicine. This system is based on local philosophy, literally its name translates as “knowledge of life”, “science of life.” The first medical works in India appeared more than three thousand years ago. The appearance of Ayurveda is told by the Vedas. According to them, this teaching Brahma gave to the wise men.

Ayurveda. Myths about Ayurveda


The golden age of Ayurveda coincided with the flowering of Buddhism in India and lasted a thousand years – from 320 BC. and until 750 AD. Such an ancient medical system could not but affect the development of Arab and European medicine. But in the XVIII-XIX centuries Ayurveda fell into decay, unable to withstand an unofficial competition with European specialists.

Today, this system begins to gradually penetrate from India to the West and to Russia. It’s no secret that Ayurveda remains mysterious for most of our compatriots, who judge the system only on the basis of numerous myths.

Ayurveda uses only herbs.

It may seem strange to many, but the basis of Ayurveda treatment is not only herbs. There are also such components as melted butter, honey, molasses, ginger and common oil, minerals, rock salt, naturally fermented alcohol. For Ayurvedic preparations, these are the usual ingredients. There are no rigid tables in the system that determine that a particular herb can cure a particular disease. Ayurveda works with such medical products that have dozens, and sometimes hundreds of components. Many of them, naturally, are herbs. But here to the application of only one of them and separately the system does not exactly call.

Ayurveda only approves products of plant origin.

This myth often accompanies Ayurveda. In this system at least very popular ghee ghee. In other preparations it is possible to meet both fish, and mutton fat. In ancient times, doctors never gave up medicine on the basis of products of animal origin, if only it could help the patient. And Ayurveda appeared in the ancient Vedic times, when eating meat and fish was quite natural and normal.

The principles of Ayurveda go against modern science.

Ayurveda says that diseases appear due to the reduction or increase of some tridosh – Kafa, Pete and Vata. But these three elements in certain parts of the human body can not be detected, they are distributed throughout the volume and are responsible for different processes. Vata provides transportation of oxygen, metabolism and digestion is responsible for Pete, body structure and nutrition is subject to Kafa. This theory tridosh repeatedly tried to compare with the traditional knowledge of the body, available modern medicine. These attempts were made by practicing doctors who knew both Ayurveda and Allopathy equally well. But Ayurveda can boast of what many other systems do not have – it works! The theory of tridosh has developed even more than three thousand years ago, as the simplest way to explain the physiology of man. And the simple fact that Ayurveda preparations work and speaks about the unerring nature of the ancient and simple theory. It is quite logical that during this time there appeared many much more interesting and profound theories about the functioning of the human body. The very best Ayurvedic doctors always recognized really good theories and, if possible, corrected their practice.

Ayurvedic drugs have not been clinically tested.

In fact, this is true, many drugs are not really tested in a clinical setting. But this refers to tests in the sense of Allopathy. If you take a deeper meaning, then all the devices have undergone profound research. The strength of Ayurveda is precisely that all its preparations have been perfected over the centuries through observation and practice. That is why the traditional drugs of this system surprise people with such a complex combination of components and their proportions.There is no doubt that these drugs have been seriously tested on millions of patients, men and women, people of different ages and constitutions.

Ayurveda. Myths about Ayurveda

Ayurveda is treated too slowly.

In this system, in fact, there are not only slow-acting drugs, but also high-speed drugs. Everything depends on the cause of the illness. Ayurveda does not deal with the treatment of symptoms, which often happens in Allopathy. If the main cause of the disease causes fear, then treatment with Ayurveda will be long. And this is understandable – it requires a study of what caused malfunctioning in the body, and then overcoming the problem. But many patients still believe in magically acting drugs, even if the condition does not improve. In fact, this is wrong, because if the situation during treatment for a long time remains unchanged, then this indicates an incorrect diagnosis.

Ayurveda can be learned independently and based on your own knowledge.

Today it even becomes fashionable to treat yourself with the help of this ancient system. In fact, this self-medication will be at least useless, and even dangerous. The secret is that different people have their own physiological constitution, which in Ayurveda is called Prakriti. And the medicine that was prescribed to a friend may simply not suit us. After all, the natural relationships of Kafa, Pita and Vata will be completely different. As a result, the medicine that will be good for one person, for another will be dangerous. So it is necessary to find an experienced and qualified person who will help determine the individual Prakriti. But to study Ayurveda no one interferes, only it is necessary to make sure that knowledge comes from a really reliable source, and it will not hurt to consult with your doctor.

Ayurvedic preparations can not be harmful.

As much as this Indian teaching is not extolled, such a myth can prove very dangerous. Often people believe that Ayurveda preparations can not be harmful, because they are made on the basis of natural components and herbs. Only here each plant has in its composition a multitude of elements, some of which may well turn out to be toxic. In ancient times Ayurveda doctors even added to the recipe additional components to thereby reduce the side effects of certain components. As a result, only a small number of plants have been isolated, completely safe or which can be treated for a long period. But these plants are treated not with medicinal properties, but with their feeding abilities. You can recall the famous instruction: “take under the supervision of a doctor.” So, the most important manufacturers of ayurvedic medicines mark the most serious drugs.

One of the main methods of treatment is a special massage.

In fact, in Ayurveda it has never been thought that a massage can relieve all illnesses. This technique can be useful only as part of the overall treatment package. You should know that for most Ayurvedic massages you also need a special strict diet. A promotion and deliberate promotion of Ayurveda massage for tourists is a quick solution that does not meet the ideology of the teachings.

Ayurveda. Myths about Ayurveda

It is better to choose the patented drugs, they are much better than traditional ones.

If you choose medicines, then why not turn to traditional Ayurvedic solutions that have been tested for hundreds of years on millions of patients? It is believed that if the disease can be cured by a traditional Ayurvedic drug, then this should be a priority decision, almost the only one according to the representatives of this exercise. But do not assume that the rule has no exceptions. There are patented drugs that perfectly show themselves in the treatment of certain conditions. If you prefer to give them, it is important to take into account also the reputation of the manufacturer.

Ayurveda is a completely alternative direction to traditional medicine.

Indeed, Ayurveda is a separate direction, but it penetrates deeply into many aspects of our life. In order for the drugs to be effective, you must first change your lifestyle. At the heart of Ayurveda lie a healthy lifestyle, exercise, a good sleep, quality food. With some types of treatment, you must give up smoking, drugs, alcohol and even sex. The heart of all medical sciences is Ayurveda, perhaps the first one to pay attention to the connection of the mind and body during the treatment of the disease. The effectiveness of Ayurveda is based on the release of a person from stress.



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