5 Ayurveda Myths Busted


Ayurveda, with its rich history, attracts people from all around the world. It is not just a health system but rather a lifestyle, as well as a tradition. And the long tradition and ancient nature makes Ayurveda misunderstood quite a lot of times. This makes people hesitant when approaching Ayurveda.

Though I was using Ayurvedic medicines from my childhood, the knowledge and interaction with this tradition came during my BAMS studies. Now that I am a practitioner and educator of Ayurveda in United States, I come across a lot of myths about this ancient wisdom. Here,I would like to elaborate on a handful of myths and misconceptions about Ayurveda. The main reason behind many of these misconceptions will be the public's lack of proper awareness about this science.

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Myth No. 1: Ayurvedic medicine is less effective and takes longer to cure.

Fact: This aspect of slow cure is because Ayurveda does not just pacify the symptoms, but uproots the cause and causative factors. Another important thing is that people tend to approach Ayurveda medicine after they have tried other medical systems, this face also delays the effect of the medicines. If approached at the initial stage of the disease the results can be seen soon. Also, the amount of time taken to cure each person depends on how soon the issue was found, the severity, the receptiveness of the body to the remedy, and the dedication with which the patient follows the routine.

Myth No. 2: Ayurveda is purely vegan.

Fact: Though people became deep rooted in this belief, if one sees the classics in Ayurveda the detailed description of most of the meat, egg, milk, and milk products have been dealt in this science. For example, the use of meat soup (Mamsa rasa) is strongly advised as a treatment for emaciation. Only when the people are spiritually inclined do we recommend pure vegetarianism or veganism.

Myth No. 3: Ayurveda prescribes strict dietary restrictions, or Pathya.

Fact: Certain dietary restrictions are necessary and this fact has been recognized even by modern medicine. For example, salt restriction in edema, sugar restriction in diabetes, milk and milk product restriction in prostate cancer, and so on. A pathya diet need not always be sugar-, salt-, or condiment-free. It can be palatable, acceptable, and nourishing to the patient while simultaneously serving the genuine purpose of a dietary regimen.

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