Ayurved FAQ's

How is it different from modern medicine?

Ayuveda believes in total health as a balanced state of Body, Mind and Soul and disease is imbalance in any of these three entities. This imbalance is caused because of wrong diet and lifestyle, genetic factors, astrological influences, karmic factors etc. Prevention is not just periodical screening but actually taking responsibility in choosing the beneficial diet, lifestyle and minimizing the other influences by doing good actions. Treating any conditions is combination of diet, detoxification, and lifestyle modulations and not just limiting to oral medications.

Will Ayurveda take a long time to improve or cure my problem?

One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is to treat a patient on a holistic level. Instead of just providing relief from symptoms, it identifies the root cause of the disease and aims to give you a permanent cure, wherever possible. Instead of a short-term cure and instant relief, Ayurveda focuses on giving you long-term health and well-being, which is bound to take some time.

Similar to any type of treatment, the time taken for improvement or cure of your disease in Ayurveda depends upon the severity and type of your disease. The stage at which you go for Ayurvedic treatment makes a huge difference. If you have been living it for the last 5-10 years, you can't expect to see improvements in a few weeks. The longer you wait to go for Ayurvedic treatment, the longer it will take to get relief and treat the condition. However, if you sincerely follow the diet and lifestyle advice given to you by your Ayurvedic doctor, and take your medicines regularly on time, Ayurvedic treatment is sure to show improvements in a relatively shorter period of time

Should I talk to my doctor about the support I wish to take from Ayurveda system of Medicine?

In all chronic conditions and diseases in which complete cure is not possible only with the Modern medicines, there is great need of Integration of Ayurveda system to give the best support for the ailing.

For this you have to take the responsibility of selecting the right options and take initiations in discussing with the doctors you are seeing in Modern Medicine.

Many patients are afraid of discussing Ayurveda with their doctors. The same is true other way round where Ayurvedic Physician, who needs to know all the kinds of medication (Allopathic) or of any other medicine system you are consuming.

There are some herbs which have to be taken with precaution with certain chemical medicines. It’s true that many Allopath doctors may not know about the uses, risks, and potential benefits of Ayurveda as it is not in the scope of their learning. On the contrary Ayurveda Physician in their graduation has much knowledge of modern medicine about the pathology, diagnosis, investigations and basic pharmacology.

Do I have to follow many food restrictions while undergoing Ayurvedic treatment?

An Ayurvedic doctor will advise food restrictions depending upon the state, severity and the type(s) of disease you are suffering from. There are some food restrictions in Ayurveda because while a particular food can be beneficial for a specific disease or problem, the same food can worsen another disease or aggravate the symptoms. As such, diet plans are carefully designed by your Ayurvedic doctor so that the food you take works as medicine provided you take them as per instructions.

The doctor may ask you to avoid certain foods because they have the capacity to aggravate symptoms, while others are recommended because they have the capacity to not only alleviate symptoms, but aid in making the treatment more effective. If you follow dietary restrictions and a proper diet plan, you can avoid further deterioration of the disease and take a step closer to healing. This is regardless of whether you are taking Ayurvedic or some other types of treatment.

Do Ayurvedic medicines contain toxic metals?

Most Ayurvedic preparations contain only herbal ingredients while a few of them contain minerals. Preparations with minerals are fast-acting and the ingredients are thoroughly purified before being added to the medicine.

The herbo-minerals that we use in making medicines at Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic have never been found to be harmful.

At Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic, we prescribe & dispensed medicines and products HACCP and GMP certified manufacturing pharmacies only where they follow stringent quality control and hygiene to ensure that you get the medicine in the purestand safest form.

Do Ayurvedic medicines have side effects?

Ayurvedic medicines are made from natural ingredients such as herbs and minerals. Often, herbal juices are mixed to make them more potent. The manufacturing process, which is supervised by expert Vaidyas, is designed to clean, purify and enhance the potency of the formula. Secondly, both the dosage of the medicine as well as the time it is consumed is very important. If taken according to the instructions of your Ayurvedic doctor, these medicines are safe and do not have side effects.

Thirdly, Ayurvedic medicines work primarily on the root cause of the disease. Hence, just having the medicines is not enough. You need to follow a proper diet and lifestyle to control the condition and work towards healing the problem. For example, if you complain of burning and itching sensation on your skin, you will be given Ayurvedic medicines to reduce these symptoms. At the same time you will be advised to stay away from food and drinks that are heating in nature.

If you do not follow the diet prescribed by the doctor, you may develop some problems. You may think these as side effects of the medicine, but in reality, it will be because of your faulty diet and lifestyle. Make sure that you inform the doctor if you are allergic to any particular food or herb to avoid any complications during the treatment.

Are Ayurvedic medicines heating in nature?

Not all Ayurvedic medicines are heating in nature. The potency of the medicine can vary greatly depending on the herbs being used - some increase heat, while others have a cooling effect on the body. These medicines are prescribed based on the prakriti (constitution) of the patient and the condition of the disease. Thus, it would be wrong to assume that all Ayurvedic medicines are heating in nature.

Can I take Ayurvedic medicines along with my regular allopathic medicines?

We generally don't advise to immediately discontinue allopathic medicines if you are under treatment for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, neurological disorders, arthritis, mental disorders and heart diseases. Besides, there is no harm in taking both types of medicines as long as you keep your Ayurvedic doctor informed. However, it is important to maintain at least an hour's gap between the two types of medications. In due course of time, depending on your progress, the Ayurvedic doctor may reduce the dose of the allopathic medicines. Make sure that you follow any advice or recommendation given by your Ayurvedic doctor regarding this process.

How can I bridge the gap between these two systems so that I get the best of both?

The lack of knowledge can widen the gap between patient and the treating Physician especially when it comes to using Ayurveda along with regular Allopath treatment. So you can help to bridge the gap by:

  •  Collect information regarding the expected potential benefits and also the possible risks of the treatment you are thinking to include from your Ayurveda Physician.
  •  Share this information with your doctor in a way that shows you know that your doctor wants what is best for you. Let him or her know that you are thinking about Ayurvedic treatments what you are considering.
  •  Request your doctor to be a supportive partner as you learn more about your options.
  •  A friend or family member may accompany with you to the doctor’s clinic to support you and relieve the stress of making the decisions alone.
  •  Even though you may be giving up the mainstream treatment for your conditions, still it will be your choice to make.
10. How can I chose the Genuine and safer over the counter Ayurvedic supplements?

First step is to seek answers to the following questions before selecting any product.

  •  Is the product manufactured by genuine pharmacy with reputation and FDA approval?
  •  Can anybody use this same product?
  •  What are the claims made for the benefits it delivers?
  •  Does it claim to cure certain diseases?
  •  Does the product have sufficient research and clinical trial studies?
  •  What is the nature of ingredients in the formulations, Herbal or herbomineral, self-fermented alcohol based?
Does Ayurveda offer Surgery?

Ayurveda does recommend resorting to the surgical approach for only specific condition in which the medicine or other therapies will have limitations. It also recommends simple surgical techniques like blood-letting, cauterization with alkalis and fire-Agni karma which act as supplements to surgery and helps to avoid surgery and even complementary to it. Acharya Charak has clearly stated that the cases which are out of the scope of medicine have to be referred to the branch of Surgery. Sushruta the founder of Ayurvedic School of Surgery is called as ‘Father of Surgery’ because of his highly advanced surgical techniques such as incising, excising, probing, extracting, draining, scraping, puncturing, and suturing which are carried out even today. He has also designed surgical instruments which are the basis on which all the modern instruments are designed. There are also some unique surgical treatments like Medicated threads for conditions like Hemorrhoids, fistula-in-ano which are studied to be more effective option than conventional surgeries.

Are there recognized Institutions of Ayurveda in India?

Ayurveda is one of the official systems of medicine in India and several other South East Asian countries. India holds a huge infrastructure of Ayurveda in education, service and research sector with 200 plus Under Graduate Colleges with 20,000 admissions, 40 plus Post graduation Colleges with 1500 admissions, 5,00,000 Registered Practitioners, 10,000 licensed pharmacies, two Universities, 25 Research & Development centres.

What is regulatory mechanism for Ayurvedic Education and Practice in India

The Central Council of Indian Medicine is a body established under the provisions of IMCC Act, 1970 to maintain Central Register of Practitioners of Indian Medicines and for maintaining the minimum standards of education in term of uniform teachers, curriculum, degrees etc.

Who is a qualified Ayurveda practitioner?

Any Ayurveda doctor having such degree/ qualifications as mentioned in 2nd, 3rd and 4th schedules of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, (IMCC) 1970 is a recognized medical practitioner. Ayurvedaacharya i.e. B.A.M.S or B.A.M& S and Ayurvedavachaspati i.e. MD (Ayurveda) post-graduation degree in respective subject of new pattern and equivalent qualifications of the time before the enactment of Central Act are recognized qualifications for the purpose of registration and practice of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Is there any regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines?

Indian Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940 and rules there under regulate the manufacturing and quality of Ayurvedic Medicines. There is a mandatory requirement of Manufacturers License (GMP) to be issued by State Government License Authority.

What does Dhatu means in Ayurveda?

Dhatus are the structural entity or tissues from which all the organs of the physical body are formed. There are seven Dhatus which are, Rasa- Plasma, Rakta- Blood tissue, Mamsa- Muscle tissue, Meda- fat or Adipose tissue, Asthi- Bone tissue, Majja- Nervous tissue, Sukra- reproductive tissue. The healthy and the unhealthy state are the disturbance of normal structure and function of these dhatus because of affliction of imbalanced Doshas.

What is the concept of Agni ?

Agni refers to the digestion or metabolic energy which converts the food in the most suitable form for the nourishment of the seven tissues. It is used as synonym to the Pitta Dosha as it represents the Fire element in the body. The seven Dhatu has their respective Agni to digest the nutrition which reaches it for its growth and sustenance. Ayurveda believes that the cause of all the diseases is nothing but the poor functioning of Agni. One should protect this metabolic fire from any imbalance. Food in proper quantity will keep this Agni always ignited, while overload of food will hamper its functioning, just like the appropriate fuel will keep the fire igniting and excessive fuel will extinguish the fire.

What do you mean by Prakruti or Ayurvedic body and mind constitution?

Each and every individual has a specific genetic makeup which is decided right at the time of the conception when the three Doshas are in specific proportion derived from the parent’s sperm and the ovum. The Prakruti is of seven types depending upon the predominance of one or more Doshas, they are Vata, Pitta, Kapha, VataPitta, PittaKapha, KaphaVata and Vata Pitta kapha. These Prakruti types helps to understand the individuality and how one can maintain this proportion by not letting the external factors to create imbalance in them to an extend of leading to a disease state. The best tool of remaining healthy is to live a life which is in harmony with the Prakruti by choosing suitable diet, exercise, job, hobbies, habits and emotional engagements.