Why Ayurveda treatments takes a long time course to be effective?

A course of Treatment is looking at uncovering and cleaning the toxins accumulated over an extended period of neglect; and hence one or two or even eight to ten sessions may not give the desired results. Hence it is very important to approach the task systematically – thus the body has to be prepared for the cleansing process; then the actual cleansing has to be done based on need; and then time needs to be given for the effect of the cleansing to be felt – this is a very important phase of Treatment. Any neglect shown during the rest period can undo the entire effect of the Treatment. So it will be very effective if one follows Physician’s advice to the full extent.

Are Ayurvedic medicines free of side effects?

YES. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are natural and safe, they have no side effects. Since they are prepared form herbs & minerals after proper processing according to classical Ayurvedic methods of manufacturing.

Does Ayurveda suggest any food habits for better life?

Food is very important. It should be completely vegetarian with less spicy, oily, sour and salty. Fried food items must be avoided. Drinking water must be medicated with herbs to increase Agni which will burnout the toxins.

I want to know more about Panchkarma therapy.

Panchakarma is cleansing of the DOSHAS (toxins) from the body at regular intervals of time.This is a set of five (pancha = five in sanskrit) procedures. Panchakarma is an experience of transformation. Ayurveda rejuvenates-rebuilding the body’s cells and tissues after toxins are removed. Please go though this link for more details :panchakarma

Can Ayurveda really cure cancer?

It must be remembered that Ayurveda does not claim to ‘cure’ diseases, but to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit complex. Cancer is another such condition, a tridosha imbalance at the cellular level. Ayurveda recommends herbal, diet and divine (mantra, gem, etc) therapy in Cancer. It is recommended that cancer patients check with their physician or primary health care provider.

Can Ayurveda help me lose weight?

Yes, and very successfully. Obesity is caused mainly due to a disbalance in the Kapha dosha. When Ayurvedic wisdom is applied to the life of an ‘obese person’, they gain insight into why and how they created and hold on to their Kapha imbalance (manifesting as obesity). They now learn about how they can take back control of their increasing Kapha. They learn about Kapha balancing foods, specialized Kapha reducing exercises, essential oils, self massage, gentle detoxification, herbs and colors. The over-expressed Kapha can linger on due to certain ‘heavy’ thought patterns also. Hence a total shift in paradigm is gradually brought about in the living and thinking of an obese person. When the recommendations are followed sincerely, one can expect to lose weight.

Has Ayurveda any Side Effects? Does it Damage Kidney?

The science per say is individualised and customised. It is situation and person specific.  A proper Vaidya to prescribe and with properly prepared medicines,  will not have side effects. Previously many medicines were prepared at home and by human error may be some reaction could have happened. Now The government has its own drug license standards, Good Manufacturing practice, equipments that check the processes.  Some medicines do contain minerals but in the form of Ash and its oxides. The ash once formed contains no minerals they are totally oxidized. Such medications do not cause any side effects. The advice to patients is – please ensure you go to genuine practitioners, buy sealed packed, labelled, medicines with drug license etc. Then the possibility of side effects is almost nil, unlike any other science.

Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?

If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines can generally be taken alongwith allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda Medicines are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in most of chronic and degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda even without the prescription of the doctor but mineral based medicines must be used after due consultation and advice of the doctor.

Do I have to be a vegetarian to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle?

No not at all. Ayurveda recommends foods that are ideal for your body and mind and not as per any ‘ism’. While Ayurveda sings praises of a healthy seasonal vegetarian diet; it similarly prescribes meats of several animals, fishes and birds. What you eat should / will depend on which food serves your health and energy needs best? And, what can you digest? Your Ayurvedic practitioner will guide you with detail in this area.

Can Ayurveda help me prevent acute and chronic diseases?

Please remember that Ayurveda does not claim to treat, prevent or cure diseases, but only to restore balance to the physiology. When balance is restored, many diseases and disorders are often automatically prevented or health is restored. This is the beauty of Ayurvedic lifestyle and food choices.