Every one of us who is newly interested in alternative medicine systems is sure to have several questions. This post intends to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the ancient traditional medicine system, Ayurveda.
1. Can I become young through Ayurveda?
Ayurveda imparts youthfulness and longevity if accurately followed. It provides recommendations on one’s daily activities, which include advice on diet, regimen, and seasonal activities.
Rasayana therapy or rejuvenation therapy is a branch of Ayurveda that deals with systematic procedures to be followed to attain youthfulness and longevity. It also mentions the rules of good conduct to be followed. This section involves several lehya preparations, single herbs, activities, and their mode of administration in different individuals.
Ayurveda also focuses on healthy living, mental wellbeing, and spiritual enlightenment. These actions promote cellular regeneration, metabolic equilibrium, and internal happiness, which are vital for youthfulness.
2. Can the same Ayurveda medicines be taken by two different individuals with the same disease?
Ayurveda treatment is based on an individual’s body constitution and the mental constitution and the severity of the disease. As both the constitution and severity may differ from person to person, it is not recommended to take the same medicine by different individuals for the same ailment. Even when there are similarities in the symptoms of the disease, no treatment is identical. The treatment should be initiated only under the supervision of a trained or qualified Ayurveda physician.
3. Does Ayurveda have any side-effects? How safe is Ayurveda medicine?
Ayurveda is known to have the least side-effects when compared to other chemical medications. All ingredients are mainly of plant origin, with exceptions to a few metallic ingredients. The metallic ingredients are added after careful purification processes to avoid any adverse effects.
However, this doesn’t mean that all herbs are safe. Some herbs need to be used after proper purificatory processes to avoid any toxic reactions in the body. Herbal medicines are prescribed only when there is a need to consume.
To be more precise, if you have a chronic illness or debilitating condition, the medications are usually prescribed for a long duration when the potency of the medicine counteracts with the disease resulting in the restoration of health. For less severe conditions and general wellbeing, recommendations on diet and daily activities usually would suffice.
4. Can Ayurveda medicines solely be used in conditions like diabetes or hypertension?
In conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, the individual needs constant assessment of the blood sugar and blood pressure. Ayurveda medicines can be used solely only when blood glucose or blood pressure is under proper control. When the values are fluctuating, it is advised to go for specialist consultation to rule out any underlying diseases such as kidney or heart-related problems.
5. Can a person with diabetes or hypertension on allopathy switch completely to Ayurveda?
It again depends upon the severity of diabetes or hypertension. When such conditions attain chronicity, many secondary diseases may coexist along with these conditions, including cardiac or kidney problems.
If the person has mild diabetes or is mildly hypertensive, without any other complications, or if the illnesses are newly identified, he can take Ayurveda medications.
However, when the person is under long term allied medications, he should be investigated for any other underlying illness before switching entirely to Ayurveda. There should not be any complications apart from the main illnesses so that the Ayurveda treatment becomes easy and manageable.
6. Can Ayurveda medicines be used throughout life for preserving health?
Medicines are not a good choice to use throughout one’s life. As far as Ayurveda medicines are concerned, herbal kashaya, tablets, or other preparations are not safe to use throughout the entire life.
It is best to follow the Ayurveda way of living, which teaches the daily routine activities to be performed to restore health and boost immunity. Except when needed, it is not necessary to always consume herbal medicines. However, herbs are available to consume in diet form, which is hugely recommended.
7. Can Ayurveda manage life-threatening emergencies?
Ayurveda cannot manage an accident emergency, which requires ventilator assistance, blood transfusions, etc. But, it has been found very effective in managing complicated dislocations or fractures. However, the treatment’s effectiveness depends upon the patient’s innate strength, constitution, the severity of the condition, etc.
8. What Is Ayurveda Way Of Living?
Ayurveda way of living gives many dietary and routine recommendations to prevent several severe diseases. Following the recommendations, you have a less risk of a stroke or system failure that occurs all of a sudden. Here the preventive aspect assumes great significance than the curative aspect.
Also, Ayurveda gives detailed information on managing disease when it is in its mild form, particularly with the diet rules or pathya. Thus, this life sciences is an elixir for preventing several life-threatening conditions.
Edited by love4wellness