1. What is the meaning of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing illness which means "science of life" (Ayur = life and Veda = science). Ayurveda recognises human being as part of nature and is governed by three major energies termed as "Vata" (wind), "Pitta" (fire), and "Kapha" (earth).
2. What are ayurvedic medicines?
Ayurvedic medicines are India's oldest and a traditional medical system for treating illnesses. These medicines are referred to in ancient writings which majorly consist of plant product and may include animal product, metal, and mineral.
3. Are ayurvedic medicines effective?
According to scientific clinical trials on some ayurvedic medicines, it is proved that these medicines are equally effective as that of allopathic medicines.
4. Are ayurvedic medicines safe?
Ayurvedic medicinal preparation may include metal, minerals and gems which may pose a risk of increased metal and mineral levels in body which may be dangerous. Thus, they should be taken only from a reputed, experienced and genuine qualified ayurvedic doctor.
5. Is it safe to use ayurvedic medicines in pregnancy?
No, it is not safe to use ayurvedic medicines without consultation of your doctor or child's doctor during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding your baby. These medicines may contain some component which may be harmful for development of your baby.
Practitioners of the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine are called Ayurvedic doctors. Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine that started in India about 3,000 years ago. This system of medicine is based on maintaining a balance between the mind, body, spirit and nature for good health and wellness. Ayurveda encourages natural therapies and certain lifestyle interventions to balance a person's internal system and its relation to the external environment.
A 5-year medical degree [BAMS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an Ayurveda doctor:
Ayurveda can treat a variety of conditions and some of them are:
On its own, Ayurvedic therapy cannot cure cancer. But certain aspects of Ayurvedic therapy can be helpful as complementary therapies when administered with standard and conventional medical care given for cancer.