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There are numerous medical systems available in the World however; in this article, we will compare Ayurveda with the conventional Modern Allopathic approach.
Modern Medicine Approach:
Modern medicine focuses on the physical body, considering each organ as separate from each other. That is why you have more than 100 specialist. E.g. Cardiology, Dermatology, Geriatric, Hematology, Nephrology, Neurology, Urology and many other.
A cardiologist will most likely refer you to a gastrologist if you complain about a severe heartburn.
I have heard patients saying that my doctor asked to discuss one problem per visit.
Modern medicine is evidence based and engage in a lot of trial and error. It is common for a doctor to change your prescription often until they find the one that is going to suppress the symptoms. Most chronic disease patients are on drugs for life. A cure for a chronic disease is a rare phenomenon in modern medicine.
Modern medicine seldom considers the diet and lifestyle of the patient. The focus is on the disease and offer an immediate solution until the next episode. In the recent years, modern medicine has started to include the diet and lifestyle along with the prescription.
It is hard to find a concept of prevention in modern medicine. A medicine is prescribed when the disease has occurred.
Ayurveda treats the whole body in a holistic manner. For a trained Ayurvedic practitioner, body, mind and spirit, are connected and treating any condition involves balancing of all three.
There is a lot of focus on prevention in Ayurveda. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Even though, Ayurveda is based on an ancient concept of remedies with plants and herbs, the modern Ayurveda has adapted many concepts from the modern medicine.
Most of the popular remedies are available in the form of Tablets, Capsules and injections.
Ayurvedic doctors go through a rigorous program of study that takes six years to complete. After learning modern clinical medicine along with the more traditional Ayurvedic usage of herbs and systems of diagnosis and treatment, graduates receive a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree or B.A.M.S.
In India, B.A.M.S graduates do have the permission to practice modern (allopathic) medicine along with the traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Modern Medicine Advantages:
In situations where saving life could be a matter of short time, modern medicine works under the premises of urgency and promptness, combined with accuracy and precision. A broken bone, heart attack, an infected and ruptured appendix, deep wound requiring stitches, severe infection and antibiotics, vaccines and many more are examples where the modern medicine can be quite effective.
In traditional medicine, trial and error is primarily the technique. If one remedy does not work, you can try a different one. This could be fatal in some circumstances.
Modern Medicine Disadvantages:
With this urgency and promptness comes the side effects. The side effects of modern drugs that most do not know about and your doctor will not tell. Statin users have a higher homicidal behavior including death from suicides.
According to the studies, there was a strong link between the medication and compulsive behaviors.
Some other common side effects of any prescription drugs are often constipation, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea. These drugs gets through, absorbed via the digestive system causing pain, drowsiness and skin reactions.
Most pharmaceutical drugs (prescription or over the counter) treat the symptoms, as opposed to addressing the core issue. Read the fine print on the labels, ask many questions and make sure you get all the answers.
Ayurvedic Medicine Advantages:
Ayurveda medicine originated over 5000years ago in India. It is a holistic form of medicine; it sees the treatment of the whole as the key to wellness.
Ayurveda operates to prevent illness by understanding the function of the body, the relationship of body and mind and the particular individual nature of the individual treated. Ayurveda promotes self-healing by self-realization, to help the body return to and stay in a natural state of balance.
Ayurvedic Medicine Disadvantages:
Ayurvedic herbal supplements can be good and effective if used properly. There are many variants of herbal products and supplements and each of them have their different methods of making.
The biggest challenge is the widespread abuses made by illicit salespersons and other quack doctors.
Even though there are standards and regulations in place, it is extremely difficult to produce consistent products as the ingredients are plant based and the origin of the plant can determine the potency and efficacy of the product.
Herbal supplements may take some time to show any results. It may take a few months before one may start noticing any improvement.
This type of treatment is more for prevention than cure.
It will be unwise to endorse one system over the other. Why cannot we have the best of both worlds? A more holistic approach can achieve miraculous results. Seek modern medicine for quick remedies and herbal treatment for a safer and curing the root cause issues.