Posted On : 13 May, 2020
Ayurveda’s effectiveness has been time tested for more than 5000 years, as it is considered as one of the oldest system of health medicine in the world, but still a question is uausally asked if Ayurveda is effective or is Ayurvedic Medicine treatment effective?
Ayurveda works on very clear principles that firstly aim at health promotion and prevention of the disease and secondly treating the disease.
Ayurveda suggests that the human body is made of same five basic elements that form the entire universe. These five basic elements; space, air, fire, water and earth are present in each and every human body cell. They formulate the three body constitutions known as Ayurveda Doshas, namely VATA, PITTA and KAPHA, which then lead to the formation of various body organs and are responsible for the smooth functioning of our body. These dosas are responsible for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Ayurveda has explained a healthy diet and lifestyle in extensive detail in its textbooks that have been utilised for thousands of years to maintain effective Ayurveda style living and treating illnesses.
Ayurveda explains every single details around, how our age, season, time of the day and our doshas have strong effect on our healthy living. It describes simple things, like what time one should wake up, have meals and what time to sleep etc. to optimise health and if some does become unwell, Ayurveda has detailed information of how to treat diseases with Ayurvedic medicine. It is interesting to know that it is the nail routine is not same for everyone, as it is highly influenced by a person’s dosha and imbalance created by those doshas.
One particular type of food might be good for one person, but may have bad effects on other. Contrary to that, modern science seems to categorise a particular food into healthy and unhealthy category, for example it is a general consensus that cold salad and smoothies are healthy for everyone, but contrary to that Ayurveda insists on choosing food based on the dosha imbalance. In a Vata person who might be lean, skinny, dry and always feel cold and struggle with mental concentration, these salads and smoothies might actually have harmful effect on their health, according to Ayurveda this type of person may need to increase heat and oil in their diet, where as Pitta people with high metabolism may benefit from cold salads and smoothies.
Ayurveda Effectiveness is considered by millions around the world. The second biggest population in the world, Indian ethnicity has been using Ayurveda since 5000, whereas the modern medicine known as allopathy originated only in 1810, only 200 years ago!
The same plants and herbs used in Ayurveda 5000 ago are still effective and showing potent positive results in the treatment of the disease. Ayurveda may not have same level of scientific research done in labs as compared to allopathic medicine, as Ayurveda has a very long time duration as the proof of its effectiveness. Hypothetically, If we compare the amount of people who would have used Ayurveda since 5000 years and still showing health benefits, it would have surely over passed the number of researches done on any modern medicine.
The only difference is that the trend for this scientific evidence practice started only 200 years ago. In the earlier days, no one was keeping the statistic of how many people were treated for a particular diseases with a particular Ayurvedic medicine, as no one had ever challenged it before. In Ayurveda it is called Pratyaksha Pramana, means something that is evident in front of your eyes, does not need a proof.
As Ayurveda emerging around the world and competing with other branches of medicine, people want evidence based research on Ayurveda. Ayurveda scholars across the world are working day and night, trying to make both ends meet to prove that Ayurveda is effective, as it was centuries ago. There are thousands of studies vigorously done, especially in last three decades to prove Ayurveda efficacy, as Ayurveda scholars have decided the benchmark Ayurveda in mainstream and Ayurveda has been finding its strong identity in Developed Countries like US and UK.
Just to take as an example, World Health Organisation has been taking interest in Ayurveda and wanting to prove its effectiveness. WHO conducted a study in collaboration with Ayurvedic organisations in India to determine the effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatments in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The study found that Ayurvedic treatments were both safe and effective, providing symptomatic relief of arthritis with no harmful side effects.
There have been numerous studied conducted to prove effectiveness of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic therapies in mental disorder including depression. World has started to accept that Ayurveda has a lot to offer in improving our physical as well as mental health. For instance, a study on Ayurved and integrated medicine for major depression suggesting, using this approach for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder might prove more empowering than what is currently offered by allopathic medicine; providing an individual with a greater understanding of their psychophysiology and how best to maintain a state of health in the future.
In nutshell, Ayurveda is effective when taken under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Practitioner. It is a health science that teaches us how to live a healthy life, not just how to cure a disease!
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