Myths and Misconceptions about Ayurveda
by Ananya Gupta January 08, 2022
The science of Ayurveda has been around for more than 5000 years but recently after the world was hit by a pandemic it has become considerably more popular. Due to lack of awareness and knowledge about this science amongst common people has led to the rise of multiple misconceptions about ayurveda.These are some common myths and misconceptions about AyurvedaMyth#1: Ayurvedic medicine takes longer to work and is not very effectiveIt is one the most common misconceptions about ayurveda. One of the main reasons why Ayurvedic medicines take considerably longer to provide results is that they don’t just get rid of the symptoms, instead they work towards treating the actual cause of the disease.Myth#2: Ayurveda is an outdated and obsolete systemAyurveda is the science of the human body and has existed for more than 5000 years and is still practised because of its efficacy. It has been refined over thousands of years,by conducting research and experiments.. It has also paved the way for several other sciences. For example, intermittent fasting, which is an ancient ayurvedic practice for gut health and detoxing your body.Myth#3: Ayurvedic treatments do not have side effectsAyurvedic treatments are based on ‘Prakriti,’ i.e. the constitution of the person’s body. Not all treatments work the same on everyone, tho ayurvedic medicines due to its organic and natural properties might not be dangerous but taking ayurvedic medicines prescribed by someone else blindly, or self prescribing based on an internet search, can prove to be harmful. You should consult with registered Ayurvedic practitioners before starting any kinds of Ayurvedic treatments.Myth#4: Ayurveda belongs to a religionEven though the origin of Ayurveda is from the Vedas ( religious scriptures), however, Ayurveda does not belong to any religion. Ayurveda is a science of the human body and has nothing to do with the religion of the body. You don't have to follow a particular religion to practice ayurveda.
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