While Western medicine continues to be the predominant form of treatment and medication all over the world, there is a growing tribe of followers for alternative medicines and wellness therapies. Of all these types of treatment, the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine are undeniable and have contributed to its popularity over the last two decades.
The general benefits of Ayurvedic medicine are commonly known: it is sustainable and eco-friendly, it has little to no side effects, and it takes a unique holistic approach to mental and physical wellbeing. As lifestyles malaises become more common, Ayurvedic medicine offers a low-impact way to treat and prevent common conditions.
In this post, we’re going to discuss the origins and benefits of Ayurvedic medicine so that you can decide if it is a good option for you.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional wellness system that originated in ancient India over 5000 years ago. It believes in a holistic approach with customized treatments that focus on prevention of illness. The core principle is of balance, with any health conditions being ascribed to an imbalance.
Ayurvedic medicine is so highly regarded in Australia that it is treated as a bonafide system of medicine, regulated by official bodies and even covered by some private health funds.
What is the difference between Ayurveda and Ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurveda is a life science that allows people to live healthy lives by optimizing mind, body and spirit. Apart from medicine, it includes a number of other practices that are aimed at balancing and harmonizing the body:
- Panchakarma or detoxing the body
- Balancing energies through meditation
- Massage and relaxation techniques
- Physical and muscular health through yoga
- Customized diet plans
- Herbal remedies
- Changes in routine and lifestyles
All these treatments aim at achieving balance and removing toxins, both physically and emotionally. Over time and with the correct treatment, you can expect to feel reduced stress and more focus, a better connection between the mind and body, and a free flow of energy.
Ayurvedic medicine is a subset of Ayurveda. It offers a range of highly customized treatments that are especially effective for chronic complaints. In Australia, the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine make it an increasingly sought-after form of treatment.
Is Ayurvedic medicine different from Western medicine?
Western medicine focuses on suppressing the symptoms of the disease. To achieve results as fast as possible, it treats the disease as a whole. It is effective for quick relief from pain, to stop the spread of an illness, or to prevent the illness from becoming critical.
One of the greatest benefits of Ayurveda is that it focuses on the individual and the impact of the disease on the overall health of the individual. This ensures that the treatment is carefully calibrated to cause least side effects and to strengthen the body so that it can heal.
What are the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurvedic medicine is not limited to herbal concoctions, supplements or teas. It is becoming more popular for people to turn from Western medicine to Ayurvedic medicine for the following reasons:
- The supplements are usually derived from natural ingredients, with minimal to no side effects
- The concept of taking supplements rather than medicines means that your body becomes healthier while you treat the condition
- It attacks the underlying cause rather than suppressing the symptoms, offering a solution that is sustainable in the long run
Within the country, traditional medications such as Ayurvedic and Chinese are now referred to as ‘complementary medicines’ requiring them to match the standards of quality and safety as all other medicines. The TGA conducts a monitoring program to ascertain the safety of all complementary medications so you can be assured of their quality.
Is Ayurvedic medicine right for me?
Ayurvedic medicine takes its cues from the principles of Ayurveda and treats illness at the root. By removing or reducing the cause of illness, the symptoms will dissipate of their own accord. With a customized treatment plan, one can achieve optimal fitness of body, mind and spirit.
Ayurvedic medicine is a slow but long-lasting solution that is especially effective for chronic conditions that are not severe. This includes digestive problems such as acid reflux or heartburn, skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, and allergies.
In cases where symptoms are debilitating or have a heavy impact on the quality of your life, it may be hard to be patient with the long duration of treatment. Depending on the complaint and the course of treatment, you may see results immediately but this is not always possible.
Can I use Ayurvedic herbs in my daily life without a prescription?
Yes, you certainly can! There are a few herbs and ingredients that are recommended by Ayurveda that will help you achieve improved health and a better quality of life. These can be taken without side effects and without medical advice.
With Ayurvedic herbs benefits include boosted immunity, a stronger digestive system, and easy treatment of mild health complaints.
Here are some suggestions:
Please keep in mind that all of the above suggestions are Ayurvedic practices that are suitable for home remedies. Ayurvedic medicines are prepared under the supervision of experts and prescribed by certified practitioners. To get the desired results, always ensure you take the medicines as prescribed and adhere to the diet and lifestyle changes suggested to you.
If you have existing medical conditions or are taking prescription medicine, do consult your GP or medical practitioner about adding Ayurvedic herbs or medicines into your routine.
If you would like to consult an Ayurveda specialist, Avaana can help you find one near you.