This is a common debate lately, so I wanted to touchbase & share my views as I feel it is critical. My points will be based 50% on facts, logics & 50% based on the experience of my family members, friends & colleagues whom I had the chance to closely observe & analyse in their treatment processes. So I request you to please view my points from that angle & insist not to blindly take decisions based on them as when it comes to treatment, something that works for one may not work for another.
I am not for or against Ayurveda or Allopathy. I will be recording my thoughts about this being neutral & practical, keeping in mind our current lifestyle, food habits & priorities. In the current scenario, both Ayurveda & Allopathy have their own pros & cons. Lets get started…
- Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word (Ayus – life + Veda – knowledge or science) which means “The Knowledge of Life”. Allopathy is derived from two Greek words (allos-other or different + pathos – disease or suffering) meaning “other than the disease”.
- According to Ayurveda, everything in the world is composed of 5 elements: Earth, air, fire, water, and space. These elements combine to form the doshas. Everyone has his or her own particular balance of these elements – a unique dosha. When your dosha becomes imbalanced, the natural flow of “prana” (Sanskrit for “life force energy” which is our breathe/oxygen) becomes disrupted. This disruption causes a build-up of toxic waste in the body, mind, and spirit & creates disease. Allopathy follows the sequence of hypothesis, experimentation, observation & conclusion which is more of a symptomatic approach.
- Ayurveda treats the root cause & hence aims at permanent cure whereas Allopathy looks only at the current issue & treats the symptoms. It cannot uproot the disease but gives a temporary solution.
- Ayurveda focuses on whole body decontamination & cleansing whereas Allopathy focuses on cleansing the affected region of the body.
- Ayurvedic medicines are made from plants & minerals whereas Allopathy drugs are synthetically prepared from chemicals.
- Ayurvedic medicines are environment friendly as they are biodegradable whereas Allopathy medical wastes disposal is a complex issue.
- Allopathy drugs have side effects. However when compared to the actual issue it treats, the side effects are secondary. Ayurveda medications have no side effects unless taken without prescription or overdose from a trustworthy physician.
- Ayurvedic treatment is a gradual process & will take time for recovery. Allopathy medicines give faster relief. This is one major reason why Allopathy is preferred as this is critical with respect to our current lifestyle.
- Ayurvedic treatment can be accelerated if followed with prescribed change in diet & lifestyle which requires conscious effort. Allopathy treatment doesn’t demand these & is fuss free.
- Ayurveda can be of great help in treating chronic disorders for which Allopathy offers no permanent remedy.
- Ayurveda has no scope when it comes to attending trauma/emergencies & disease caused by external factors whereas Allopathy is a life saver in this aspect.
- Ayurveda is a 5000 years old system and the practitioners till date stick to it without any deviations. However, there is no update or regular research & development in this field to encounter new diseases. Allopathy keeps on getting updated with new medicines to fix even the most complex diseases.
- Allopathy medicines are standardised & hence reliable. Ayurveda will be effective only if the medicines are sourced from the plants grown under organic farming conditions & hence choosing the right practitioner & medicine brand is the most important part here. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Salai founded in 1902, with branches all over South India & a few in North India, is a trustworthy one. The current director is a 95 year old Padmashree awardee. Every nook & corner of Chennai has its branches & the main branch in Kottakkal, Kerala is flooded with foreign appointments.
- Allopathy has a good investigation, testing, and practicing system. It relies on many tests, techniques, scans, etc whereas Ayurveda diagnosis has limitations and many ayurvedic practitioners may even ask you to bring test reports and then prescribe medications accordingly.
- My mother had severe health issues and were taking heavy doses of allopathy medications which caused numerous side effects like insomnia, constipation, indigestion, obesity & many more. She struggled a lot & it became a vicious circle. The disease was suppressed but at one point, the side effects became intolerable than the actual issue itself. This is when we started researching, doing trial & error & ended up with Ayurveda as the last resort. There was a complete detoxification session followed by treatment from scratch along with the allopathy medicines continued as sudden withdrawal of allopathy medicines will lead to complications again. However, Ayurveda doesn’t have effective treatment for new diseases as mentioned above but they were able to treat the side effects and we were in peace. It complimented the allopathy medicines & the recovery was faster & way better.
- This happened with me too. I also had some health issues for which I took allopathy medications and had severe acne, hairfall & obesity issues. I never had acne issues until 3 years back, not even in my teenage& this was very depressing(It’s a gal’s biggest problem…hehe 😉 ). After which I too consulted with the Ayurvedic physician and am much better now.
- Another instance being, two friends of mine who faced fluid deficiency issues during their pregnancy. One fixed it with an allopathy medicine/drink & the other with just country pomegranate juice adviced by an ayurvedic physician.
I wish to follow Ayurveda as it is comparatively safer & focuses on the whole body with a holistic approach but I felt it is wiser to be practical here. If we were still following the lifestyle similar to the one a few hundred years back, Ayurveda alone would suffice. Unfortunately the current scenario limits the effectiveness of Ayurveda. The reason being, Ayurveda requires a healthy lifestyle to be followed along with medication & change in diet as per the issue. Also, the food we eat today are adulterated hence will be of little effect in helping with the recovery process when aligned with ayurvedic medications which means it will take even more time for cure. Also, there is emergence of new diseases day by day, for which ayurveda is yet to figure out updates & treatment processes. So the wiser thing to do is stick to ayurveda for all minor issues & even severe issues if U can afford to manage & are ready to afford time for the slow but complete recovery. For emergencies & traumas, head to allopathy and take ayurvedic medicines simultaneously to counter it’s side effects. I recently came to know that this is even termed as crosspathy(ROFL) & is common now. This was the optimum solution I could think of, keeping in mind our current lifestyle. In case U have a better suggestion, please feel free to share!