Returning to roots

Valid points

Alternative treatment: There are a lot of misconceptions about ayurveda. Slowly, people began to change their perception about the age-old treatment. They switched to quicker means of cure. But experience is a great teacher and now, people have started to return to ayurveda once again. Misconceptions about ayurveda still continue but people find it a more reliable form of treatment.

Metrolife interacted with the practitioners of ayurveda to get an insight into the whole concept. A common belief among people about ayurveda is that it works
slowly.

But doctors feel that ayurvedic medicines act at the same speed like other medicines. They say that other medicines may reduce the symptoms or pain quickly but the time taken to treat the root cause remains the same. “Unfortunately, people turn to us after allopathy fails to heal their disease. By the time they consult us, their disease reaches a chronic stage. Many don’t consider ayurveda as a full-fledged medical science. They consider it as an alternative treatment option, which is not the case. Ayurveda is capable of treating almost all ailments successfully,” says Dr Sumayya Kazi of Vedam Ayurvedic Hospital.

Some feel that most people stay away from this form of treatment because of their inability to follow a disciplined diet and routine. Raghavendra, a student of chartered accountancy, feels, “Whenever you consult ayurvedic doctors, they give a long lecture about diet. But I am very bad at following a diet. And some medicines they give need to be taken with unboiled milk or some sort of a ghee with a distinct smell. Otherwise, whenever I have tried ayurveda, I got have good results. Only because of dietary restrictions, I try to avoid it.”

Abhinav Swamy underwent an ayurvedic treatment for jaundice. “Once I got white jaundice and allopathic doctors could not diagnose it. They mistook it for a form of leukemia and I had lost all hope. Later, I got admitted to an ayurvedic centre. They treated me without giving any toxic chemicals by using only herbal remedies. Unlike the English medicines which had damaged my kidney, there is no risk of irreversible damage in ayurveda,” he says.
 
Another major misconception is that ayurvedic medicines consist of harmful elements. “It’s not metal but mineral ash (bhasma) that is used in the medicines. That too, about 80 per cent of the medicines are made using herbs. Only the rest are made using mineral ash. The issue of using mercury and lead in preparation of bhasma was a concern for many. But now, it has been proven that mineral ash is as safe as herbs. The most important thing is that studies have confirmed that bhasma, that are unique to ayurvedic metallic/mineral preparations, comprise biologically-produced nano particles. Nanotechnology in allopathy is just developing but we have to be proud of using this technology from ancient times,” says Giridhar Kaje of Prashanthi Ayurvedic Centre.

He says metallic preparations help cure ailments quickly because they penetrate  the cells easily. According to him, this gives ayurveda an edge over other forms. However, ayurvedic doctors also warn people against quacks. “One should cross-check whether the doctors they are consulting are registered medical practitioners. Otherwise, they may fall prey to fake claims,” says Sumayya.

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