Ayurveda is an essential part of the Indian medicine system. Many Allopathic doctors see promise in the Ayurvedic science and have been trying ways to integrate them into their mainstream practice. Chronic disorders like liver cirrhosis, arthritis, piles as well as kidney stones are some examples of common ailments that have witnessed promising results with Ayurvedic medicines.
However, many people either don’t really know the difference between Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicines or have misconceptions about the latter. Today, we talk about the difference between these two medicine systems and clear the air.
Allopathic medicines are generally made of 1-3 active ingredients. Their properties are known and they are easier to formulate than Ayurvedic medicines. This particular system is documented by the Indian, British or American Pharmacopoeia. However, all Allopathic medicines have a number of side effects, which may present themselves in varying degrees. Allopathic medicines, while extremely useful in acute infections and illnesses, have limited use in chronic conditions. In those cases, they usually only help to alleviate symptoms without addressing the cause.
Ayurvedic medicines on the other hand are polyherbal, which means they can have a number of active ingredients. In this system, extracts of certain herbs and plants are used to formulate these medicines. There are no complete documented specifications for Ayurvedic medicines, however these have been passed down through families and generations and hence have had a long standing history of positive results. It takes years of learning and experience to be able to make efficacious and safe Ayurvedic formulations as it calls for in-depth knowledge of the herbs, minerals and their properties. However, one aspect that sets Ayurvedic medicine apart from those of Allopathy is that the former aims at the overall well being of the person, rather than focusing the cure at one particular symptom or ailment.
The decision of selecting which medicine system to go ahead with finally falls in the hands of the user, depending on the situation of their health and the advice of their physician. However, if a person expects to benefit from an Ayurvedic therapy, it is advisable to embrace it as a lifestyle which aims at the overall wellness.