By: Dr.Madhura Karthik
Famous spiritual speaker Deepak Chopra once said
“The first question an Ayurvedic physician asks is not ‘What disease does my patient have?’ but ‘Who is my patient?’ By ‘who,’ the physician does not mean your name, but how you are constituted.”
This impressive quote elaborates the difference between allopathy and ayurveda in its simplest form.
After the British ruled us there was a methodological effort to colonise us at a psychological level. We were made to believe that our philosophy, our beliefs, our products and specially medical ways were inferior to western methods. The western procedures, medicines etc. were made to expand in a systematic manner, less from the welfare point of view but more from the commercial angle. We are not saying this to demean the existing health care sector and its methods, however the rising cost of healthcare, refusal of insurance to pay for chronic diseases and the endless visits to doctors from one hospital to another, raises a lot of questions.
These days, many people after getting disillusioned from the allopathic ways (which often have dangerous side effects) are now taking refuge in alternative medicine, especially ayurveda.
Ayurvedic treatments are capable of treating not just chronic conditions like arthritis, asthma, diabetes etc. but also those which may need surgical procedures like piles, fissure and fistula.
In addition to it, ayurvedic treatments are far more safer to lead a healthy life with almost no side effects.They don’t just focus on your disease, instead they take a holistic approach which emphasises on the lifestyle changes which is the root of most diseases.
One question which stays in the mind of many is why is that people are still skeptical about the alternate therapies and medicines.
One of the biggest reason is ignorance. Most folks don’t know that these kind of treatments exist, and also, when they try to give it a shot they are usually discouraged by their own family members out of ignorance or lack of knowledge.
Another reason is non availability of genuine ayurvedic medicines. When people buy adulterated ayurvedic medicines out of ignorance, they lose their faith as those medicines are usually ineffective. It is important to buy ayurvedic medicines only from government registered stores who have a certain reputation to ensure you are buying 100% authentic ayurvedic medicines.
Another big reason is patients, at times, self diagnose themselves on the hearsay. Just because xyz tried this in his/her so and so disease and it helped them, let me also give it a try. The problem with self diagnosis is no two individuals are same. We all have different constitution of our body hence there cannot be one size fits all solution. One needs to see an ayurvedic doctor to know what would be the best medicine for their disease.
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