Ayurveda has gained popularity worldwide over the years because of its natural approach to the treatment of various diseases. Many people who have used modern Western medicine, or allopathy, have now started considering ayurveda. However, the debate about which is better and safer – ayurveda or allopathy – has been raging for quite some time now. Here are the facts about both that can help us decide which treatment is suitable for us.
What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine system, is known as the science of natural healing as it derives its medicines purely from nature. Ayurveda originated in India over 5000 years ago and medications are prepared using various roots, plants, bark, leaves, and fruits that have medicinal properties.
Ayurveda treats the body as one single entity and ensures that in healing one diseased organ, it does not damage any other organs. It focuses on wellness as a complete package, whether it is physical, psychological, spiritual or social. Ayurveda aims to find a permanent cure for the disease and also suggests a suitable lifestyle to improve overall health.
According to ayurveda, body, mind, and spirit are connected with each other. As per this methodology, the three elemental energies or doshas, vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (water) must be balanced. When these three energies are in a state of imbalance, it causes various diseases. It considers detoxification as a primary part of the treatment.
The side-effects associated with ayurveda is absent or, in some cases negligible, as ayurvedic medicines are prepared using natural herbs and other extracts. This is what sets ayurveda really apart from allopathy.
What Is Allopathy?
Allopathy is a drug-oriented medical practice that mainly relies on hypothesis, experimentation, and the result of the experiment. Allopathic doctors are restricted by what they can do as they only concentrate on the symptoms of a disease and not on the causes of those symptoms.
Hippocrates, the Greek physician, is regarded as the father of modern medicine. The 19th century is often considered as the beginning of modern medicine owing to the new findings and practices that occurred at this time. So, compared to ayurveda, allopathy is in its stage of infancy. Often, allopathy only offers a partial or temporary cure, as the drugs are designed to only cure the reaction and not the root cause.
The main reason for the popularity and widespread practice of allopathy is because of its effectiveness during an emergency. Allopathy has an excellent investigation, testing, and practicing system. It relies on several tests, techniques, scans, and surgeries. Allopathic medicines provide much faster recovery when compared to ayurvedic treatments.
Why Are Ayurvedic Treatments Comparatively Slow?
Since most people rely on allopathy more than ayurveda, they turn to ayurveda only after all other treatments have failed. The chemicals consumed in allopathic drugs react with our body causing effects and side-effects. Our body needs to first recover from the side-effects before the ayurvedic medication starts taking effect. The time it takes to cure a disease in ayurveda depends on the imbalance of the doshas and the duration of this imbalance in the patient. Generally, ayurvedic medicines take 20-25 minutes to start working in the body.
Side-Effects Of Allopathy And Ayurveda
Every allopathic medicine has a side-effect. This is the reason many people are looking at other alternatives to allopathy. In allopathy, the focus is only on a particular part of the body based on the disease and the objective is to provide instant relief by destroying the germs and viruses that cause the disease. The problem with this approach is that it does not eradicate the disease permanently and also causes collateral damage to the body.
Most people believe that ayurvedic medicines cause no harm and don’t have any side-effects as they are prepared using naturally available herbs and roots. Although very rare, ayurvedic medicines can cause adverse effects if not used correctly as the methodology follows an individualistic approach. Many ayurveda practitioners use ayurvedic medicines that are prepared using ingredients that are impure. Inexperienced and often self-styled ayurvedic practitioners with little knowledge can be dangerous.
Disadvantages Of Ayurveda And Allopathy
- The main disadvantage of allopathy is that most of the medicines are associated with some side-effects, which can be internal or external.
- While medication is given to treat a disease, it may or may not cure that particular disease. But it could trigger another disease in the body as a side-effect.
- Once the primary disease is cured, the patient may have to take medicines to reverse the side-effects caused by the first medicine.
- It relieves the symptoms of the disease rather than going deeper into the cause.
- There is no place for individuality in allopathy as the same medicine is given to all the patients suffering from the same disease (one medicine that works for a patient may not work for everyone else, as each person’s body composition, lifestyle, and diet is different).
- Allopathy treats the body as various parts instead of as a whole.
- As it is comparatively new, it is incomplete in nature. New treatments and medicines are constantly replacing the older ones.
- Allopathic medicines partially cleanse the body; ayurvedic medicines decontaminate the whole body.
- There is a shortage of genuine practitioners of ayurveda.
- It lacks proper scientific research and investigations.
- There is no governing body or a board to manage practitioners or standardize the medications.
- Fake companies and dubious practitioners have tarnished the image by selling adulterated medicines.
Points To Remember
- Never purchase or try medicines without consulting a professional ayurvedic doctor.
- Ensure that the ayurvedic practitioner is genuine and receive treatment only from ayurvedic treatment centers that have their own medicine manufacturing unit.
- Ayurvedic medicines typically do not have any side-effects if taken according to the intrinsic nature (prakirti), ayurvedic diagnosis, and under the supervision of an ayurvedic doctor.
- When time is of essence and treatment is urgent, avoid going to an ayurvedic practitioner as allopathy has better systems for an emergency than ayurveda.