Does Ayurveda advocate vegetarianism?
The classical texts describe three
types of diets- saatvik, rajasik and tamasik, the saatvik diet
consists of leafy vegetable, fresh fruits, milk, curd, butter,
honey and so on. The rajasik diet consists of hot and pungent
foods meat, beans and so on. This is suitable only for those who
engage in heavy physical work. A tamasik diet includes fermented
and highly spiced foods, curd, wines and so on and is considered
harmful to health.
Does Ayurveda have beauty
In Ayurveda, beauty is not just
about carefully applied makeup or well manicured nails. Though
there are various herbs to improve the texture of the skin and
hair, beauty, according to Ayurveda, is the result of a radiant
inner self. The radiance is caused by a healthy Ojas , the subtle
quality of vigour or vitality. Which is the superfine essence
of the seven dhatus.
Why aren’t ayurvedic
medicines standardized ?
Ayurvedic medicines are not manufactured
as per any of the standards that apply to allopathic medicines.
Moreover, treatment of diseases in Ayurveda is more patient oriented
than disease oriented and lays emphasis on the humoral aspect
of the patient both in diagnosis and treatment, the patient is
an unstandardizable entity in various aspects such as his prakruti
(constitution), food habits, dinacharya (daily routine) and so
on besides, it is the patient’s interpretation of the disease
that determines the therapy as such the scope of having standardized
drugs is limited though researches in the field are going on.
What is the ayurvedic approach
to prevention of diseases ?
Traditional societies did not need
a specialized approach for prevention of diseases. As such, the
concept of pathogenesis in Ayurveda is basically different from
theat of modern medical science. Ayurveda defines health as the
state in which the dhatus are in equilibrium if this is disturbed
disease is caused. Therefore the prevention of vitiation of the
doshas (humors) is the first step in prevention of diseases, whether
agantu( exogenous), nija ( endogenous) or manasa( mental) in nature.
Why are most ayurvedic treatments
time consuming ?
Toxins (amam) that accumulate in
the human body take a long time to manifest as some disease, in
the meantime, our body and mind get somewhat habituated to them.
Removal of these at one go. Like the surgical removal of a tumour,
is practically impossible besides, it would also go against the
wisdom of the body according to which the immune system works.
This is why a comparatively lengthy purvakarma – pradhanakarma
– paschatkarma mode of therapy has been designed for the
elimination of disease causing factors.
Does Ayurveda have treatment
for poisoning ?
Agadatantra ( toxicology), one
of the eight branches of Ayurveda, is a well developed science.
The charaka samhita describes treatments for the poisonous bites
of snakes, scorpions, rats, spiders and so on and also lists 21
types of vegetable poisions.
Do Ayurvedic drugs have side
Ayurvedic drugs cause neither side
effects nor physical or psychological dependance. This is why
ayurvedic treatment is termed shuddhachikitsa – ‘
a genuine treatment ‘.
To quote vagbhata, the author of ashtanga hrudaya
Naason vishudha: shudhastu