Anyone who has experienced an Ayurvedic cure knows the beautiful feeling of being born again afterward. However, some scientists repeatedly question Ayurvedic methods despite their noticeable effect. Is Ayurveda now a real healing art, or is the well-being after the Ayurveda cure only the result of spiritual practices?
Ayurveda-a true-to-life science
Ayurveda is the ancient medical system of India. On the one hand, Ayurveda is recognized as a holistic medicine in alternative medicine, but on the other hand, Ayurveda is not considered scientifically proven.
The latter is quite simply because Ayurveda’s foundation is structured so completely different from that of conventional medicine.
However, Ayurveda is a science – and indeed an adaptable and individual science, which can reflect the diversity of life so aptly.
In the eyes of evidence-based medicine, however, science must follow strict rules. There is no room here for diversity, flexibility, or even individuality. And so in these circles, Ayurveda is often regarded more as a collection of spiritual practices than as an actual scientific healing art.
However, this is not the only fallacy to which conventional medicine is subject here. Many more misunderstandings are circulating about the millennia-old treatment of Ayurveda. They unsettle laypeople and often prevent people from getting involved in Ayurveda in the first place and possibly finding health and a long, happy life there.
We resolve the four most common misconceptions and prejudices regarding the ancient Indian Medical System.
1. Prejudice: Ayurveda is more of a spiritual philosophy than a science
Science is defined as ” a systematic procedure by which knowledge (after the preparation of theses and theories) is collected, organized and passed on again, whereby this knowledge is of course only considered knowledge when it could be proven with repeatable effects and is thus verifiable at any time.”
Contrary to expectations, Ayurveda fully complies with this Definition in all areas:
In theory, an elaborate System of non-variable universal laws relating to action (Karma), properties (Guna), substances (Dravya), and equilibrium (Samanya and Vishesha) was first worked out.
If this system is followed and if these laws are applied, predictable and repeatable results in treating diseases can be achieved.
Unfortunately, many naturopaths or Ayurvedic therapists stress too strongly the aspect of the spiritual foundations from which Ayurveda’s theories are derived. As a result, many people believe that the system is not scientific.
If it is also regarded as a “complementary” application and adapted to conventional medicine structures, the possibility of understanding Ayurveda as an independent science is lost.
2. Prejudice: Ayurveda is not effective immediately
The time it takes to treat a disease depends on many different factors. In particular, the disease’s duration, the severity of the disease, and, of course, the constitution and condition of the patient play a decisive role.
With acute diseases such as fever, cough, colds, and other conditions, which are treated correctly according to Ayurveda’s guidelines already in the initial stage, the Indian Healing Art unfolds its effect quickly and permanently.
In contrast to conventional medicine, which usually only suppresses symptoms and makes people more able to work, but not healthy, Ayurveda not only heals but also strengthens people’s general state of health profoundly and sustainably.
Common ailments can usually be brought under control with Ayurveda even within 24 hours if all treatment measures are carried out, and all instructions of the Ayurvedic doctor are implemented.
However, for long-lasting diseases, complete Ayurvedic treatment can also last for weeks or months. Strict combinations of Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic lifestyle, and Ayurvedic medicine are used to bring the body back to its healthy initial state.
When you consider that most long-lasting diseases have been dormant in the body for years or decades before they appear, the mentioned treatment period does not sound unreasonable.
In this context, it should also be considered that conventional medicine cannot cure many chronic diseases at all. Instead, she tries to sedate them with medication to a certain extent (often for a lifetime) – which, however, rarely succeeds and even brings side effects that put additional strain on the patient.
3. Prejudice: Ayurveda has no side effects
What works also has side effects; if there are no side effects, the result is also missing. This is a famous statement of the Western medical system.
And surprisingly, this also applies to Ayurveda. Ayurvedic treatments not only work but can also have side effects. Among them are many positive side effects. But they can also be side effects that are not always pleasant.
Panchakarma’s side effects, for example, an Ayurvedic method of internal cleansing and detoxification of the body, can be severe, sudden, and even life-threatening.
Therefore, Panchakarma must be applied with care and in a traditional way under professional guidance. In this way, possible side effects can be avoided entirely. If minor side effects occur, these can be successfully counteracted with the experience of the therapist.
But it doesn’t even have to be an extreme method like Panchakarma. Even with simple treatment methods of Ayurvedic medicine and nutrition, slight side effects can occur-namely when deep-seated poisons are suddenly mobilized in the body and push to the surface, or even when the power of Medicine (Virya) does not tolerate the Constitution of the patient (Prakriti).
4. Prejudice: First, the school of medicine, then Ayurveda!
Unfortunately, many diseases become Chronic sooner or later due to the typical purely symptomatic conventional medical treatment.
The effect of some drugs taken over many years (such as steroids (cortisone)) disguises the actual symptoms of the disease, changes the metabolism of the body, and disrupts the body’s natural protective mechanisms.
At some point, more and more side effects of conventional medicines appear on the Plan. A disease chases the next. Often the drugs no longer work, and the now chronically ill patient is passed off with the little edifying term “exhausted” and the words “you have to live with it now.”
Now he is searching for alternatives. A naturopathic treatment, however, becomes a real challenge in such a condition. The patient must be prepared for full commitment and consistent cooperation. He must completely change his diet and lifestyle. But this is much more difficult in a chronically ill condition than it would have been at the beginning of the disease in its acute phase.
The longer you can get sicker and sicker with allopathic medicines, the less chance you have of healing – without even thinking about what your body needs, namely through detoxification, effective colon cleansing, exercise, sunlight, and an all-round healthy diet.
If the Ayurvedic art of healing were now chosen as the first treatment method, excellent results could be achieved. Ayurvedic treatments, Ayurvedic medicines, and type-oriented Ayurvedic nutrition minimize the body’s exposure to toxins and maximize their elimination.
All these Ayurveda measures, together with a change of attitude, erase the disease not only in its origin. They ultimately also leave an overall defensive and robust person.
Ayurveda changes the body and mind, gives a feeling of lightness, gives new strength for the next round in everyday life, and brings many diseases the decisive impulse for healing. So it is worthwhile to use and experience Ayurveda and only then to get an idea of its effects. Previous prejudices will soon dissolve into Vayu (air).