Guide To Understanding Ayurvedic Medicine (Ayurveda)

Comparison To Traditional Medicine

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Traditional or mainstream medicine differs from Ayurvedic medicine in several ways. The term disease is defined in different ways by each medical system. Disease in traditional medicine is characterized by any disruption or deviation in the normal function or structure of any part of an individual's body. Disease in Ayurvedic medicine is caused by the three doshas being out of balance. The approach to the treatment and causes of disease in traditional medicine is through concentrating on certain parts of the body systems. In contrast, Ayurvedic medicine is based on the principle that the cause of all diseases is poor digestive function and stress. The treatment in Ayurvedic medicine is standard for all diseases and includes repairing the digestive function in an individual, acting on any unbalanced doshas, and removing stress from the body. Traditional medicine uses pharmaceutical treatments in combination with diet changes and lifestyle changes with the addition of complementary treatment methods. Ayurvedic medicine uses changes in diet and lifestyle and moves to the use of herbs and panchakarma when those changes are not effective.

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