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4 Common Ayurveda Misconceptions Explained

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As the practise and science of Ayurveda become increasingly popular in the Western developed world, as with any new and exciting concept, there are many people that hear rumours, misinterpret information or simply don’t take the time to research a concept before dismissing it.

This is especially true when talking about a practice as ancient and traditional as Ayurveda. Unlike many sciences and practises, Ayurveda has yet to be described and presented to people in an easy to understand the way that’s written for modern ears and many people find it hard to comprehend that it’s a science in its own right.

To help you gain a better understanding, here are four extremely common misconceptions related to Ayurveda to help you gain a clearer perspective and to help stop the spread of misinformation.

Ayurveda Is Not A Science

This is a phrase you may instantly hear mentioning the practice, however, this is not the case. Look up the definition of science. You will find a definition along the lines of;

“…the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation…”

The practise and study of Ayurveda cover this definition in every single way. At its core, this study looks into the laws of universal energies and provides individuals and groups of people with the necessary results that enable them to accurately and consistently predict results that allow them to control disease, illnesses and the overall wellbeing of a person (patient).

There Are No Side Effects From Ayurveda

As with any substance, material, practise or action in this world, everything has a consequence. Whenever you’re involving or introducing the body to new chemicals or practises, your body is going to react in a certain way. In extreme cases, the purification and detoxification practise, commonly known as Panchakarma, can cause severe side effects that occur very quickly and can even be fatal.

This is why, as with any medical science, Ayurveda must be practise with the utmost care and respect. When practised and performed with the proper care and the correct level of guidance, side effects can be minimised and, in some cases, avoided completely, a benefit that comes with experience.

Ayurveda Should Be A Last Resort

As the Western world has ‘progressed’, especially in the fields of science and medicine, many illnesses and diseases in the body have developed and evolved, symptoms being repressed or hidden by the effects of modern drugs such as painkillers and steroids. It has also been proven that the long-term effect from consumption of these modern-day, over-the-counter drugs has a negative effect on an individual, changing the individuals’ metabolism and reducing the bodies effectiveness to combat natural diseases on its own.

Once a person has reached a stage such as this, it’s extremely difficult, for any kind of medical or scientific practice, to know what to do or how to treat the patient, usually resulting in drastic changes to aspects of their lives such as diet or lifestyle.

However, it has been proven in many parts of the world, and in scientific studies, that Ayurveda, when used as a primary source of treatment and prevention, produces incredible results that work, fighting and combatting diseases and symptoms at their source, whilst simultaneously boosting the bodies natural immune system.

Ayurveda Effects Take Ages To Become Apparent

As with any kind of treatment, the process it takes to heal someone can vary in length, dependent on a number of different factors that include the severity level of the illnesses. For example; colds, flu, fevers and other similar conditions are all able to be quickly managed if handled and treated in their early stages.

When using Ayurveda to cure ailments such as these, it’s been proven that the body witnesses quick results and in some cases, can even control certain, more common ailments in less than 24 hours, especially if following a treatment plan strictly.

For prolonged periods of illness or disease, it can take a complete change in a individuals’ lifestyle, including factors such as diet, treatment and medicine, to help assist the body back to a normal state of being which can last weeks or even months. This may seem like a long time but when you remember that many illnesses, and their original forms, can be present in the body for years, a few months doesn’t seem so bad.

Have you had a enlightening experience using Ayurveda as a treatment or are you looking for more information on how it can help you? Leave a comment in the box below and we’ll be happy to answer any questions!

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