Ayurveda is the oldest holistic healing art of mankind. And anyone who has experienced an Ayurvedic treatment knows the wonderful feeling of being reborn afterwards. Some doctors, however, question Ayurvedic methods, despite their perceptible effect as the basic principles of Ayurveda do not agree with the views of their school of medicine. Is Ayurveda a real healing art or is the well being after the Ayurveda cure only the result of "spiritual practices"?
Ayurveda - A life science
Ayurveda is the ancient medical system of India. On the one hand, Ayurveda is recognized as an integral medicine in alternative medicine, but on the other hand, Ayurveda is not considered scientifically proven.The latter simply because the foundation of Ayurveda is so completely different from that of modern medicine.
Ayurveda, however, is very much a science, an adaptive and individual science that can so accurately reflect the diversity of life.
In the eyes of evidence-based medicine, however, science must follow strict rules. There is no room for diversity, flexibility or even individuality. And so, in these circles Ayurveda is often seen as a collection of spiritual practices rather than actually scientific healing.
This, however, is not the only fallacy to which school medicine is subject. There are many more misunderstandings about Ayurveda, a centuries-old healing science. They unsettle ordinary people and often prevent people from entering into Ayurveda, and finding health and a long happy life there.
In this article, we tackle the four most common misunderstandings and prejudices regarding the old Indian medical system.
1. Misconception: Ayurveda is a spiritual philosophy rather than science
Science is defined as "a systematic approach that collects, organizes, and transmits knowledge (after the creation of theses and theories), but this knowledge is, of course, only considered to be knowledge if it can be attributed to repeatable effects, and thus at any time is verifiable. "
On the contrary, Ayurveda corresponds fully to this definition in all areas:
In theory, a complex system of non-changing universal laws with regard to the karma, the properties (Guna), the substances (Dravya) and the balance (Samanya and Vishesha) were developed.
If this system is implemented accordingly and these laws are applied, predictable and repeatable results can be obtained in the treatment of diseases.
Unfortunately, many naturopaths or Ayurvedic therapists emphasize the aspect of the spiritual foundations from which the theories of Ayurveda are derived. Thus, many people believe that the system is not scientific.
As it is also regarded as a "complementary" application and adapted to the structures of modern medicine, the possibility of understanding Ayurveda as an independent science is lost.
2. Misconception: Ayurveda does not act immediately
The time needed to treat a disease depends on many different factors. In particular, the duration, the severity of the disease and, of course, the constitution and the condition of the patient play a decisive role.
In acute diseases such as fever, cough and cold, but also in other diseases, which are treated correctly according to the guidelines of Ayurveda at the beginning, the Indian healing art unfolds its effect quickly and permanently.
In contrast to modern medicine, which usually only suppresses symptoms and makes people more workable, but not healthy, Ayurveda not only heals, but also strengthens the general health of the person deeply and sustainably.
Common ailments can usually be brought under control with Ayurveda within 24 hours, after all the treatment has been done and all the instructions of the Ayurvedic doctor have been implemented.
For long-lasting diseases, however, a complete Ayurveda treatment can also last weeks or months. In doing so, strictly adhered combinations of Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic lifestyle and Ayurvedic medicine are used to bring the body back to its healthy starting state.
Considering that most of the long-lasting diseases dormant in the body for years or decades before they actually appear, the treatment period mentioned does not sound inappropriately long.
In this context, it should also be borne in mind that modern medicine cannot cure many chronic diseases at all. Instead, it tries to calm these diseases down (sometimes for a lifetime), but this rarely succeeds, and even brings side effects, which additionally burden the patient.
3. Misconception: Ayurveda has no side effects
What works also has side effects; if side effects are absent, the effect is also absent. This is a popular statement from the Western medical system.
And this is surprisingly true for Ayurveda too. Ayurvedic applications do not only have an effect, but they can also have side effects. Below are a lot of positive side effects. However, it can also be side effects, which are not always only pleasant.
The side effects of Panchakarma, for example, an Ayurvedic method for the internal cleansing and detoxification of the body, can be severe, occur suddenly and even be life-threatening.
Therefore, Panchakarma must be applied with care and in the classical way under professional guidance. In this way, possible side effects can be completely avoided. If minor side effects occur, this can be successfully counteracted with the therapist's experience.
But it does not have to be an extreme method like Panchakarma. Even simple treatment methods of Ayurvedic medicine and nutrition can have slight side effects - namely, when deep-seated poisons are suddenly mobilized in the body and pushed to the surface, or even when the power of medicine (Virya) is not with the condition of the patient (Prakriti).
4. Misconception: First try modern medicine, then Ayurveda!
Unfortunately many diseases are considered chronic by the typical purely symptomatic medical treatment.
The effect of some medicines taken over many years (such as steroids like cortisone) obscures the actual symptoms of the disease, changes the metabolism of the body and disrupts the natural protective mechanisms of the body.
In some cases, more and more side effects of the medicinal products are on the agenda. One disease chases the next. Often the medicines no longer work and the patient, who is now chronically ill, is "exhumed" with the less edifying term "and you have to live with it".
Now he is looking for alternatives. However, a naturopathic treatment becomes a real challenge in such a state. The patient must be ready for full commitment and consistent co-operation. He must fully convert his diet and lifestyle. This, however, is much more difficult in chronically diseased condition than at the beginning of the disease in its acute phase.
In addition, the longer you become more and more sick with allopathic medicines, the more you lose your sense of what your own body really needs, namely a thorough detoxification, effective colon cleansing, movement, sunlight and an all-round healthy diet.
If the ayurvedic healing art were now chosen as the first treatment method, excellent results could be achieved. The Ayurvedic treatments, the Ayurvedic medication and the typical Ayurvedic diet minimize the burden of the body with toxins and maximize the discharge of the same.
All these Ayurvedic measures, together with a change in the mental attitude, eradicate the disease not only in its origin. They ultimately leave behind an overall strong and disease resistant person.
Ayurveda definitely changes body and mind, gives a feeling of ease, gives new strength to the next round in everyday life and brings the decisive impulse to healing in many diseases. So it is worthwhile to use and experience Ayurveda and then to get a picture of its effects. Previous prejudices will soon dissolve in Vayu (air)!