Ayurveda is the traditional system of Indian medicine, a form of alternative medicine. This system is based on local philosophy, literally its name is translated as "knowledge of life", "science of life". The first medical works in India appeared more than three thousand years ago. The Vedas tell about the emergence of Ayurveda. According to them, Brahma gave this teaching to the sages.
The golden age of Ayurveda coincided with the flowering of Buddhism in India and lasted for a thousand years - from 320 BC. But in the XVIII-XIX centuries Ayurveda fell into decay, unable to withstand the tacit competition with European experts.
Today this system is beginning to gradually penetrate from India to the West and to Russia. It is no secret that Ayurveda remains mysterious for the majority of our compatriots, who judge by the system only on the basis of numerous myths.
Ayurveda uses only herbs. It may seem strange to many, but the basis of Ayurveda treatment is not only herbs. There are also components such as ghee, honey, molasses, ginger and ordinary butter, minerals, rock salt, naturally fermented alcohol. For Ayurveda preparations, these are common ingredients. There are no rigid tables in the system that determine that this or that herb can cure a certain disease. Ayurveda works with medicinal preparations that have dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of components. Many of them are naturally herbal. But the system does not call for the use of only them alone and separately.
Ayurveda only approves of herbal products. This myth often accompanies Ayurveda. In this system, ghee is at least very popular. In other preparations, you can find both fish and lamb fat. In ancient times, doctors never gave up a medicine based on animal products, if only it could help the patient. Yes, and Ayurveda appeared in ancient Vedic times, when eating meat and fish was a completely natural and normal thing.
Ayurveda's principles run counter to modern science. Ayurveda says that diseases appear due to a decrease or increase in certain tridoshas - Kafa, Pita and Vata. But these three elements simply cannot be found in certain parts of the human body, they are distributed throughout the volume and are responsible for different processes. Vata provides oxygen transportation, Pita is responsible for metabolism and digestion, Kafa is responsible for body structure and nutrition. This theory of tridoshas has been repeatedly tried to compare with the traditional knowledge of the body at the disposal of modern medicine. These attempts were carried out by medical practitioners who knew both Ayurveda and Allopathy equally well. But Ayurveda can boast of something that many other systems do not have - it works! The tridosha theory developed more than three thousand years ago as the simplest way to explain human physiology. And the simple fact that Ayurveda drugs work and speaks of the infallibility of an ancient and simple theory. It is quite logical that during this time, many much more interesting and profound theories about the functioning of the human body have appeared. The best Ayurveda doctors have always recognized really successful theories and, whenever possible, corrected their practice on their basis.
Ayurvedic drugs have not passed clinical trials. In fact, this is true, many drugs are not really tested in a clinical setting. But this refers to trials in the sense of Allopathy. If we take a deeper meaning, then all the devices have undergone deep research. The power of Ayurveda lies precisely in the fact that all its preparations have been improved over the centuries through observation and practice. That is why the traditional preparations of this system surprise people with such a complex combination of components and their proportions. There is no doubt that these drugs have passed serious tests on millions of patients, men and women, people of different ages and constitutions.
Ayurveda heals too slowly. In this system, in fact, there are not only slow-acting drugs, but also fast-acting ones. It all depends on what is the cause of the disease. Ayurveda does not treat symptoms, which is often the case in Allopathy. If the underlying cause of the disease is of concern, then Ayurveda treatment will be long-term. And this is understandable - a study is required of what caused the malfunction of the body, and then overcoming the problem. But many patients still believe in magically acting drugs, even if the condition does not improve. In fact, this is wrong, because if the situation during treatment remains unchanged for a long time, then this indicates an incorrect diagnosis.
Ayurveda can be learned independently based on your own knowledge. Today it is even becoming fashionable to treat oneself on one's own with this ancient system. In fact, such self-medication will be at least useless, if not even dangerous. The secret is that different people have their own physiological constitution, which in Ayurveda is called Prakriti. And the medication that was prescribed to a friend may simply not work for us. After all, the natural ratios of Kafa, Pita and Vata will be completely different. As a result, what is good for one person will be dangerous for another. So you need to find an experienced and qualified person who will help determine the individual Prakriti. But no one bothers to study Ayurveda, just make sure that the knowledge comes from a truly reliable source, and it will not hurt to consult your doctor.
Ayurvedic medicines cannot be harmful. As much as this Indian teaching is extolled, such a myth can be very dangerous. Often people believe that Ayurvedic preparations cannot be harmful, because they are made on the basis of natural ingredients and herbs. Only now, each plant contains many elements, some of which may well turn out to be toxic. In ancient times, Ayurveda doctors even added additional ingredients to the recipe to reduce the side effects of some of the ingredients. As a result, only a small number of plants were isolated that are completely safe or that can be treated for a long period. But these plants heal not with medicinal properties, but with their nourishing abilities. You can recall the famous instruction: "take under the supervision of a doctor." In the same way, the most important manufacturers of Ayurvedic medicines label the most serious medicines.
Special massage is one of the main treatments. In fact, in Ayurveda it was never believed that massage can cure all diseases. This technique may be useful only as part of the overall treatment package. You should be aware that for most Ayurvedic massages, a special strict diet is also required. And the promotion and deliberate promotion of Ayurveda massage for tourists is a quick solution that does not correspond to the ideology of the teachings.
It is better to choose patented drugs, they are much better than traditional ones. When choosing medicines, why not turn to traditional Ayurvedic solutions that have been tested for hundreds of years on millions of patients? It is believed that if a disease can be cured with a traditional Ayurvedic drug, then this should be a priority decision, almost the only one according to the representatives of this doctrine. But don't assume that the rule has no exceptions. There are patented drugs that are excellent at treating certain conditions. If you give preference to them, then it is also important to take into account the reputation of the manufacturer.
Ayurveda is a completely alternative direction to traditional medicine. Indeed, Ayurveda is a separate area, but it penetrates deeply into many aspects of our life. In order for the drugs to be effective, you must first change your lifestyle. Ayurveda is based on a healthy lifestyle, physical activity, good sleep, quality nutrition. Some treatments require you to stop smoking, drugs, alcohol, and even sex. Among all medical sciences, Ayurveda is perhaps the first to pay attention to the connection between the mind and the body during the treatment of a disease. The effectiveness of Ayurveda is based on relieving a person from stress.