Modern medicines treat the physical body, considering each organ or component as separate from the other. Thus, we find specialists in modern medicines. For instance, a cardiologist will most likely refer you to a gastrologist if you came to him complaining of suffering from severe hurt burn
In contrast, the field of Ayurveda treats the whole body in a holistic manner. This system believes that a complete Ayurvedic physician is one who is conversant with all systems of medicines associated with Ayurveda. To the Ayurvedic practitioner, body mind and spirit are connected and treating any condition involves balancing all three aspects.
It is a common fact that modern medicines are full of side effects. For instance, a woman taking birth control pills often finds herself getting obese.
In contrast, Ayurveda is based on herbs, which are found in nature and Ayurvedic natural herbal remedies do not have any side effects.
In the last few decades, the influx of Ayurvedic knowledge in the west has sensitized them to the concept of natural treatment but they are far away from applying the understanding of natural medicines. Conventional medicines believe in prescribing synthetic and chemical substances to treat any condition
In contrast, Ayurveda believes in herbalism, which is derived from nature. They believe that intimate communion with nature is the only way to gain ideal wellness.
Conventional medicine is purely evidence based even though modern doctors engage in lots of trial and error. How many times have you visited a doctor who gave you a particular medicine for an ailment only to be changed on your next visit?
In contrast, it is a misconception that Ayurveda is not based on scientific principles. In fact, Ayurveda has its own set of principles which is followed by every Ayurvedic practitioner religiously. Ayurvedic treatment is nature-based and the system follows the natural wisdom and universal truth that plants and the derived herbal remedies can be used to prevent and, if necessary, to cure all health issues. It has been said that “there is no beginning and there is no end to Ayurveda.” Its range of knowledge cannot be contained in books.
Modern medicines and treatment is more inclined towards suppressing the symptoms of a disease rather than eradicating it from its root. A simple case – when you visit a doctor when you have flu, often the doctor prescribes medicines which will suppress the symptoms. But does the medicine cure it? No.
In contrast, Ayurvedic remedies are not concerned with suppressing symptoms. In fact, initially the prescribed remedies will, very often, intensify the symptoms so that the problem can be treated from its root. Rather than suppress a fever, the Ayurvedic doctor will allow it to rise, while controlling it, to allow the high fever destroy whatever bacteria that has invaded the organism.
Modern medicine rarely considers the diet and lifestyle of the suffering person. They are just interested in the disease and in doing so a disease is never prevented and, at best, it is suppressed until the next episode. However, in the last few years, modern medicine practitioners have slowly warmed up to the idea of including the diet and lifestyle too while prescribing treatment.
In contrast, Ayurveda believes that our well-being depends on what we eat and the way we manage our life. A healthy diet, a balanced life-style that includes spiritual enhancement, will ensure balance and harmony in the life of a person. If this balance is maintained, there is no need for any kind of medicines. It is only when the balance is disrupted that health problems arise.