Top 5 Common Misconceptions About Ayurveda

04 Jan

Nothing in this world is free from misconception. How do people fall into the trap of believing something that is not true or a proven fact? Simple, they are forced to trust a strong, solid word of mouth negative publicity about anything that is gaining popularity.
In a world where hundreds and thousands of products such as toys, medicines, household and office items, automobile, and all consumable goods, 3 out of 10 products, in spite of being best quality are propagated as inferior through cynical advertising.
Taking a cue from misconceptions about products, today, we have millions of modern age medicines which can cure worst diseases, but they aren’t free from misunderstandings. So, how can Ayurveda be free from misinterpretations?
It isn’t. People around the world are embracing natural products and seek to live a holistic lifestyle. However, Ayurveda is shrouded in misconceptions. People shun natural remedies due to false perceptions about Ayurveda’s powerful healing system. Given below are top 5 common misconceptions and facts about Ayurveda.

  • It is outdated and obsolete treatment system.
    • Ayurveda has existed for over 5 thousand years and because of its efficacy, it is being practiced even today. In ancient India, research and clinical trials were conducted using Ayurvedic remedies. The diagnosis of disease along with detailed facts about foods, herbs, and minerals was documented.
  • Medicines are homemade without clinical tests.
    • All forms of medicines whether Allopathy or Ayurveda is offered to the public only after laboratory tests and certification processes. Ayurvedic medicines are time-tested which are scientifically proven. Ayurvedic Medicine is regulated by Drugs & Cosmetic Act, 1940., which means no Ayurvedic medicine is homemade or is prescribed without clinical trials.
  • Ayurvedic medicines and treatments are harmless.
    • Yes, Ayurvedic medicines are harmless, provided they are taken in the prescribed and correct dosage. When the medicines are taken in incorrect dosage or an incorrect combination, resulting in problems. To gain maximum benefit from Ayurveda, medicine should be taken only under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor.
  • Ayurvedic doctors aren’t doctors.
    • People aspiring to become Ayurvedcharya, have are required to obtain a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine before beginning official practice. The Ayurveda BAMS degree is a 4.5 year-long intense and disciplined training in the eight branches of Ayurveda that includes –
        • Internal Medicine (Kayachikitsa)
        • Diseases above the shoulder (Shalakya)
        • Surgery (Shalyachikitsa)
        • Psychiatry (Bhutavidya)
        • Toxicology (Agadatantram)
        • Rejuvenation (Rasayana)
        • Pediatrics (Kaumarabhrutyam)
        • Aphrodisiacs (Vajikaranam)

      Upon completing the studies successfully, it is mandatory for the aspiring Ayurvedacharyas to complete a year as an intern.

  • Ayurveda is not useful for all ailments.
    • Any disease, the sooner it is detected the faster and easier the treatment. Like curing a common cold, Ayurveda can cure serious diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, etc., but most patients turn to Ayurveda after trying conventional medicines.

Finally, we cannot change fixed mindset of people, but we urge everyone, to make Ayurvedic treatment effective for yourself, you need to ignore myths about it and start believing in what the qualified Ayurvedacharya recommends.

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