When we get sick, we look for the best possible treatments for our ailments. We want to feel well soon without too much hassle. There are many treatment options available but we stream down to three basic lines of medicines to choose from- homeopathy, allopathic medicine, and Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, the science of life, is a holistic approach to treating illnesses and create a healthy lifestyle by using natural remedies and cures. It uses a wide range of herbs, minerals, and metals to help cure diseases. A study that has prevailed for over 5000 years, Ayurveda combines herbs, spices, and minerals and metals to form medication in the form of oils, tablets, dietary supplements, and other physical practices.
Ayurvedic medicine is provided in the form of herbs, oils, blood purification, and massages, amongst many other ways to administer Ayurvedic medicines. Many Ayurvedic medicine are available in forms of water soluble herbs that form a decoction when mixed in the water in right quantities. This decoction is called the kasayam. Kasayams are usually used to cure ailments such as indigestion, cold, and cough.
Arishtam, which is one of the forms of Ayurvedic medicines, is fermentation of medicinal herbs over a period of time. Apart from digestive problems, arishtams also affect and help the respiratory and nervous system; they are used to treat certain heart disorders, psychosis, epilepsy, asthma, anemia etc.
Some medicines are made by boiling herbs and spices in water in a reduction form. These are known as kwath. Kwath is usually a thick syrupy solution and has highly potent healing properties. Each kwath is made differently and thus has different properties. Kwath is excellent for treating ENT problems and indigestion, it is usually used to boost the immune system.
Avalehas, also known has herbal jams are thick pastes made of herbs and minerals. It consists a wide range of health benefits and is used to improve immunity and build better health. The most common avaleha known is the Chywanprasha.
The main difference between Ayurveda and allopathic medicine is the way they treat the ailments.
Allopathic medicine aims to treat the symptoms of an ailment directly whereas Ayurvedic medicine aims to treat the root cause and in return, the whole body.
Ayurvedic medicine aims to nip the root of the problem and not just the bud. It believes that all ailments and health problems have a root cause behind them which, if cured, can help heal the whole body.
Thus, Ayurveda is a more holistic approach compared to allopathic medicine.
In conclusion, Ayurvedic medicine is a medical science that has emerged over 3000 years ago from practice by sages, finding natural cures and remedies to ailments. There are many ways in which Ayurvedic medicine can be administered, like syrups, water soluble herbs, or even thick jam like pastes.
Ayurvedic medicines aim to cure the root cause of the problem than just one symptom of it, it aims to eliminate the problem altogether as compared to allopathic medicine, which aims to cure the symptoms only. Both sciences are valuable and useful in their own places, and none of them can replace the other.