• Dr.Jeevan.E.P

Ayurveda: A Powerful Science

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

Without the extensive knowledge that is required to become an Ayurvedic practitioner, it is dangerous to practice Ayurvedic medicne, or even to counsel patients using Ayurvedic discilplines. Ayurveda is a powerful science, and if practiced by unskilled hands it could pose a serious risk to health and well-being. Many Ayurvedic medicines are intended for use only by physicians with a thorough knowledge of their effects and of the "pathya," or the changes in diet and lifestyle, that are necessary for them to work to best effect. Without this regimen, and the wide knowledge of the possible pitfalls, the treatment could be at best ineffective and, at worst, dangerous.

You would never agree to having an operation performed by a Western physician with only a few months of training. In the same way, you should steer clear of any Ayurvedic practitioner who has not had sufficient training and experience.

There are four main issues that should be considered concerning the new trend toward untrained Ayurvedic practitioners jumping on the complementary-medicine bandwagon.

There is a serious danger to patients, both on a spiritual and physical level. Incorrect treatment can cause problems. There is a danger to the science of Ayurveda and its reputation. If incorrect treatment creates a bad reputation for Ayurveda, then there will be a government backlash leading to legislative restrictions in Western countries. This has already happened in the case of some Ayurvedic medicines that have been misused. This will prevent Ayurveda from reaching the public who deserve its help. Developing countries, such as India and Sri Lanka, have thousands of genuine practitioners who are capable of offering skilled treatment; many of them are forced to practice covertly in the West while charlatans are able to treat people quite openly. Ayurvedic products that are unproven and often inferior substitutes are available to the general public. They claim to have similar effects to genuine Ayurvedic products, again undermining the reputation of the real thing, and "spoiling" the market for products that are actually effective. There is also the question of the unfair and invisible trade barriers on the import and sale of authentic Ayurvedic products with the result that untested, unproven, and often inferior substitutes are used claiming similar effect to genuine Ayurvedic products.

The Invisible Trade Barrier to Ayurvedic Products

The most effective way to spread Ayurveda in the West in a way that benefits the people needing treatment and guidance is to:

Ensure that legislation allows Ayurvedic physicians from India to practice freely in the West, subject to their qualifications and residential status being acceptable to the accrediting universities and governments of the host countries. Allow the establishment and recognition of accreditation by bodies qualified to do so. Allow the free import and sale of quality Ayurvedic products from established manufacturers and allow them to advertise and promote their products, subject to the same accreditation guidelines. Assist in the establishment of Ayurvedic colleges and hospitals so that local people can be fully trained to degree level in Ayurveda.

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