AYURVEDA and Modern Medicine
We tend to think that newer is always better. There is new technology coming out every day and we always want the next gadget. Medicine has evolved quite a bit over the ages. But just because western medicine is newer, doesn’t mean that it’s better for us.
For example: western medicine often relies on aggressive and costly prescription drugs and expensive surgery to deal with problems related to body toxicity. These methods generally address only the symptoms of toxicity and not the underlying causes. As soon as you stop using the drugs, the problems return! And the use of these prescription drugs often results in unwanted or even dangerous side effects.
Let’s say you have a migraine headache – this is frequently caused by toxin buildup in the body. There are several medications that a western doctor would commonly prescribe to alleviate migraines. Their side-effects include blurred vision, confusion, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, faintness, fatigue, increased appetite, weakness, and/or weight gain. In this case, the side-effects of the medication, like constipation and increased appetite, accelerate the damage to the digestive track so toxins build up even more and the symptoms worsen.
Another condition related to body toxicity is constipation, or slow bowl movements. Laxatives are commonly prescribed for treatment in western medicine. Magnesium Hydroxide is the most common active ingredient in laxatives. However, this particular chemical doesn’t remove the buildup on the walls of the colon. It only liquefies the contents of your bowel to produce watery stools. The long-term usage of laxatives has been shown to weaken the intestinal muscles that serve as the digestive system’s engine. This approach is counter-productive and worsens the condition that it is meant to treat.
In contrast, AYURVEDA is the oldest form of medicine on the planet. It is the most holistic and comprehensive medical system available. Ayurveda uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain the health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind, & spirit in perfect balance with Nature.
Ayurveda offers recommendations for Our Lifestyle that help us to stay healthy, and therapies for purification & detoxification that bring us back into balance when we are not feeling our best. Ayurveda dwells deep into defining the root cause of a disease and prescribes the therapeutic use of various herbal medicines and holistic treatments for enhancing the capabilities and vigor of your body’s detoxification system, while at the same time strengthening the body and overall well-being.
Now doesn’t that make more sense? We’ve gotten away from our true nature – while we’ve been busy advancing technology and science we’ve forgotten who we are, and what we are made of. AYURVEDA helps us to gently and beautifully remember what it is like to be whole, healthy, and functioning optimally in body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda helps us to find our balance, and to stay in balance, so that we can express our Healthiest and Happiest selves.