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5 Misconceptions About Ayurveda

While the purpose of Ayurveda is to bring in harmony and balance within all systems, it is interesting to note the strong emotions a discussion about Ayurveda can bring out of people.

From “it was the only thing that worked for me after I tried everything else” to “it is the science of idiots” - Ayurveda lends itself to all emotions. While what you choose to believe about Ayurveda is your personal preference.

We wanted to highlight some fallacies about Ayurveda that do a good job to bring down its credibility: 

  1. Ayurveda is not just a faith based science. Ayurveda follows very specific rules outlined in detailed texts that give precise formulations, descriptions for what, why, how and breaks down the final recommendation to help cure and treat disorders. 
  2. While anyone can practice Ayurveda, not anyone can become an expert. India, which has kept the practice and implementation of Ayurveda alive for centuries, has 6 year degree program schools with rigorous courses to ensure an Ayurvedic Doctor is well versed in not just the intricacies of Ayurveda but also how they work alongside Allopathic medicine. 
  3. Ayurveda is much more than home remedies. Some Ayurvedic medicines have such specific methods of preparation that only the most skilled technicians are allowed to manufacture then. While the basis of Ayurvedic medicines are herbs they utilize sophisticated methods including use of metals such as gold and mercury in very carefully carried out procedures to create some of the most potent cures. Some bad apples who decide to manufacture these products without adequate supervision or care of procedures have given rise to the negative experiences some people have had with Ayurveda. 
  4. Ayurvedic procedures are slow and take time to show effect. From herbs that will make your headache go away to reducing fevers to helping you clear your bowels many herbs works as you would expect allopathic medicines to work. Much care and proper supervision is required with these powerful natural wonders as you would take with modern medicines. 
  5. Ayurveda and Western medicine have no link. Did you know a number of allopathic medicines find their inspiration and “actives” in herbs and naturally occurring compounds? 

While it is tempting to pick sides and make a case for why one approach of maintaining your health is better than the other, we invite you to open your mind, look beyond just the negative propaganda (and there are plenty on both sides of the argument) and explore how each approach can give you the most benefit. 

Empower yourself.