1: Ayurvedic medicines are ‘hot’ in nature?
Ans. This not the case with all the medicine. There are also some medicine which are “cool” in nature and also some which are neither cool nor hot in nature. These medicines are decided by doctor according to the condition of the patient.
2: Ayurvedic treatment is slow?
Ans. Ayurvedic treatment eradicates the root cause of a disease thus it seems apparently that it takes more time. But think this way, Ayurvedic treatment is able to treat certain conditions (e.g. hypertension, asthma, diabetes, etc) which is labelled as incurable (or medicine is to be taken lifelong) with other system of medicine. In other case, say of, fever, cold, cough, pain, diarrhoea, and other daily emergencies these Ayurvedic medicine are effective as fast as allopathic medicines, but as the condition, it will not be complete cure of the disease.
3: Ayurvedic medicines are costly?
Ans. Some of the diseases are labelled as incurable and medicine are to be taken lifelong to just maintain the condition (of course with side effects) but here Ayurvedic medicine are at least able to cure. Even than calculate the cost of medicine for full life, it will be dearer than total cost of Ayurvedic medicine. Take another example, calculate the total cost of a treatment including the cost of surgery, investigation, medicine, doctor fees, etc you will find that still Ayurvedic medicine are cost effective.
4: Ayurvedic medicines are bitter to taste?
Ans. According to ayurveda there are 6 types of taste; viz. madhur( sweet), amla ( sour), lavana ( salty), katu ( hot), tikta ( bitter) and kashaya( astringent). Ayurvedic medicine can be of any of the above taste. More over if you are not able to have any particular type of taste ask the doctor he will provide you with the other forms of medicine in which you will not able to get the taste, i.e. simply ask for tablets or capsules.
5: Ayurveda does not have scientific base?
Ans. As with every science ayurveda have it own basic principles. Again if a particular cause has same effect every time it is called scientific, this can be done in ayurveda too. Further researches are underway done all over the world.
6: Ayurvedic medicine are ’toxic’?
Ans. All medicine is not toxic. Only few of Ayurvedic Medicine which is combination of mineral drugs are sometimes toxic. It is duty of ayurvedic Doctors to decide which medicine is suitable for which type of patient and it is also decided for how long these medicines should be taken.
Herbal drugs used in Ayurvedic Therapy are free from any toxicity or any adverse effects.
7: Ayurvedic medicine cannot combine with other system of medicine or during Ayurvedic treatment, medicine of other systems should be stopped immediately?
Ans. It is not necessary to stop any other type of medicine along with Ayurvedic medicine.
8: Ayurveda can treat all incurable diseases?
Ans. Ayurveda has its own system of staging the diseases, sometimes a disease which is labelled as incurable in a particular type of medical system can be cured in other type of treatment therapy. But it is never like ayurveda can treat all types of incurable diseases.
9: No formal study is required for practicing ayurveda?
Ans. There is a compulsion to have a proper degree of BAMS form a recognized university and the practitioner should get it registration done from the govt. of India. After that every ayurvedic practitioner gets a registration number and an identity card / proof which should be produced when demanded.
10: What is the future of ayurveda?
Ans. Future of ayurveda is very bright. Now days it is getting recognised in foreign countries too. There is also no limit of income there are many practitioners who earn a lot.
FAQs in Panchakarma
- Is panchakarma safe?
Ans. Yes, panchkarma is safe. The only caution is that it should be done in strict observation of the doctor.
- Who can take panchakarma treatment?
Ans. Anyone can take panchkarma treatment starting from the age of 4 months to 70 years. But what type of panchkarma is to be done is only decided by doctor.
- Why panchakarma is so important in ayurveda?
Ans. Panchkarma is mainly a detoxification therapy. After detoxification any medicine can acts more efficiently. Consider this, on a washed piece of cloth you can paint your desired colour but the same will not be possible on dirty cloth.
- Is pachakarma treatment painful?
Ans. No, absolutely not. In any of the therapy there is no pain. In any case if pain occurs there might be something which is going wrong and it should be sorted out immediately.
- Does the “ghee” used in this treatment increases cholesterol & weight?
Ans. No, “cow ghee”, used in panchkarma therapy neither increases cholesterol nor weight in fact after taking this medicated cow ghee the patient will lose some weight. What is difference between vamana- vomiting, virechana- diarrhoea, basti- enema, nasya- nasal drops, Rakta mokshana- bleeding.
|Vamana / virechana||Vomiting / diarrhoea|
|Drug induced||Independent of drug|
|Done under doctors observation||Doctor not present|
|Approx. 10 dyas time is required for complete procdure||It is immediate|
|Pre preparation is required for vamana||No preparation is required.|
|Toxins like kapha and pitta gets eliminated in this process||Food or last item inside your stomach gets out.|
|It eliminates vata dosha from the body.||It only cleans the intestine of the stools|
|It is of several type viz. decoctions, milk based, oil based.||It is a solution of soap water.|
|The amount may vary from 25 ml to 960 ml depending upon the condition.||Amount is decided until the person feels like evacuating its bowels.|
|Whenever oil based basti is given, a waiting period of 3-9 hrs is observed for its evacuation.||It is instant|
|It is a way of medicine insertion in the body.||So such provision.|
|It is a treatment for the organs like eye, nose, ear, throat, head, neck, brain and shoulders||It is only used in nasal diseases.|
|There is a particular snehan & swedan procedure to be followed before the nasya process||There is no pre procedure|
|There are some other processes like dhoom, etc which is followed after the nasya process.||There is no post procedure.|
|Rakta mokshana||Blood donation / bleeding|
|Toxins are eliminated through this process.||Pure blood is eliminated.|
|It is induced to cure a disease of blood origin.||Not the case.|
|Minimum 10 ml is drawn from the patient and a maximum of 600 ml in several sittings.||In blood donation- 600 ml is drawn out,|
|There are various method involved in it according to the dosha condition||There is only one method involved in blood donation|
Additional advantages of underlying panchakarma treatment. Weight loss, fairer complexion, relaxed body and mind, control over eating habits are some of the additional advantages patients experiences after the panchkarma.
- What is the difference between panchakarma & naturopathy?
|Based on ayurvedic principles||Has its own principle other than that of ayurveda|
|Uses tailor made natural drug/ herbs to treat the various condition||Uncooked food items and some non tailor made process is applied for the treatment of the disease.|
|It is composed of basic 5 procedure viz. vamana, virechana, basti, nasya and Rakta mokshna||It consists of method like exercise, raw food, mud therapy, water treatments and fasting.|
- Is Panchakarma practiced in foreign countries?
Ans. Only the pre panchkarma part is very popular with the western countries. As ayurveda is not yet recognized by all the countries as a medical treatment, the basic 5 process of panchkarma is not practiced to its full potential there. Well it is going popular day by day and the days are not far when panchkarma can be practiced in its full form in western countries also.
- Are the detoxification effects of panchakarma permanent?
Ans. If right daily routine is followed than there will be no misbalance of dosha in the body thus there will be no need for going for the panchkarma process again. But if routine is not followed one should at least take one out of five types of panchkarma every year.