Ayurveda is an ancient medical science which was first developed in India thousands of years ago but still continues to be followed by people all across the world for treating a number of ailments. Some of the most common and popular Ayurveda practices include use of herbal medicines, surgical techniques, use of oil by massages to treat pains and aches etc.
Since this science is so old, many variations of it continue to exist. This has made room for many myths and misconceptions about Ayurveda. The following is a list of the top 7 myths debunked.
The principles of Ayurveda are very different from modern medication but considering them less genuine is a common myth. Every principle of Ayurveda is given birth from a proper scientific concept or observation of the human body and its functions. Thus it would be wrong to say that it is any less genuine.
2. Ayurveda Medicines Work Slowly
This is yet another wrong conception which is related to Ayurveda. Because Ayurvedic remedies are mostly targeted towards treating chronic diseases, people tend to believe that the results are slow to appear. But there are many Ayurvedic cures which do work fast and cure acute problems such as common cold, sore throat and fever etc. as well.
3. Ayurveda is not a Science
Another common myth associated with Ayurveda is that this concept is not a science at all. There is a systematic order of description of disease pathology, anatomy, physiology and medicines in Ayurveda and there is no concept which is not based on a proper science.
4. Ayurvedic Medicines do not have any Expiry Date
A lot of people believe that because Ayurvedic medicines are natural cures, they do not have any expiry date. Herbs too have their own chemical constituents which tend to go ineffective after a certain period of time. Hence it would be wrong to say that Ayurvedic medicines do not have any expiry date.
5. Ayurvedic Medicines can Cure Cancer and Aids
There are many herbs like neem, turmeric, rasayana etc. which do have significant anti-cancer properties and activity but it is still premature to say and believe that Ayurvedic medicines or herbs can cure aids or cancer totally.
6. Ayurveda can only be used as Support Therapy
A lot of people think and believe that Ayurveda can only work as a support or side therapy and cannot be used as a main treatment method. But in reality Ayurveda is as effective as mainstream medicinal system and can treat many ailments successfully such as arthritis, paralysis etc.
7. Anyone can Learn Ayurveda Easily
Ayurveda is not just limited knowledge of some herbs but is a proper science which involves details of human beings and of the diseases that can affect them. It also is a fully descriptive study of treatments and requires a proper study program to learn. Only after proper assessment can one become an Ayurveda doctor.