Is Ayurveda scientific?
Ayurveda is purely Scientific & time-tested Medical System since Vedic era. Ayurveda is enriched with the concept of Mind, Body and Spirit and their balance. The treasure box gives insight to every detail – spirit, birth & death cycle, treatment of diseases & maintenance of health, everyday lifestyle & seasonal variations, dietary instructions & details of Yoga. It covers each & every aspect of life and afterlife. Clinical trials published in International Journals, Ayurveda magazines & College magazines assure that the efficacy & efficiency of Ayurveda medicines is similar to medicines of other medical systems without any side-effects. Many times Ayurveda treatments show promising results in patients suffering from seemingly incurable diseases.
Are Ayurvedic medicines safe?
Most of the Ayurvedic preparations are safe, provided they are processed & manufactured well. Still, it is always best to start any specific medicine under the guidance of an Ayurveda Physician. Why? The physician can suggest you better option and can guide you about when to take, how to take and with what the medicine should be taken. e.g. Sitopladi churna is a safe remedy for all including children, pregnant and aged people. But when mixed with pure honey & pure ghee (clarified butter) in unequal quantities, it pacifies pitta- kapha (cold & cough due to acid reflux) particularly.
Are home remedies safe?
Not all the remedies are meant for everybody. A high level of discretion is required to follow home remedies as they bear potential & long-lasting side-effects if they don’t suit your prakriti (body constitution) or vikriti (imbalance in doshas causing diseases).
Are they purely herbs?
Many Ayurvedic medicines contain either only herbs or herbal extracts. But Ayurvedic medicines may at times contain purified & calcinied metal ashes (known as bhasms) that are different from normal ashes. Apart from bhasms, ayurvedic medicines may contain minerals, animal products and purified and calcinied gemstones.
Should I take Ayurvedic medicines with active metal ingredients?
Ayurvedic medicines which contain metal ingredients should be taken:
- If they are really required for the patient.
- Under the guidance of Ayurveda Physician only
- If indicated specifically for the symptoms & diseases.
- For long-term use, the dosage of medicines with metals (shodhit dhatu) must be lower than normally indicated.
- Only if the Physician is sure that the quality of preparation is not compromised and the medicine is prepared according to Classical Ayurveda texts.
- Keeping in mind whether the overall combination is suitable for use in summers or winters or change in the season. e.g. Rasraj Ras must not be given in summers to the patients as it is hot in nature & action.
Can I take Allopathic/ Homeopathic & Ayurvedic medicines together?
This totally depends on the nature & purpose of Allopathic or Homeopathic medicine given. Physician discretion is required in individual case as each and every case is different.