Guide To Understanding Ayurvedic Medicine (Ayurveda)

Benefits Of Ayurveda

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Some benefits of Ayurvedic medicine have been established in systemic research reviews and well-designed clinical trials. Certain plant extract formulations used in Ayurvedic medicine have shown to help osteoarthritis patients with their symptoms. Functional improvements and pain reduction were both recorded with the use of these plant-based formulations that include glucosamine sulfate. A combination of forty different herbal compounds helped individuals with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in a National Center For Complementary Integrative Health pilot study. A clinical trial reported improvements in symptoms of type 2 diabetes patients with the use of a combination of five specific Ayurvedic herbs. Turmeric, which is utilized in many Ayurvedic preparations, has shown potential for the relief of digestive symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis and similar diseases. Numerous individuals claim Ayurvedic medicine helped improve their overall quality of life while they were going through conventional treatment regimens for their chronic condition or disease, such as cancer.

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Safety Of Treatments

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Several warnings have been established by the United States Food And Drug Administration about the use of Ayurvedic products and treatments. It has not been unusual to find gems, metals, and minerals present in Ayurvedic preparations with the potential to cause harm. High blood levels of mercury and lead have been reported in individuals who have used Ayurvedic products. A rare adverse side effect reported in individuals who have used Ayurvedic products is arsenic poisoning. Ayurvedic medicine can be unsafe if an individual uses it to postpone a visit to see their conventional healthcare provider regarding a medical issue. Because some ingredients in Ayurvedic products can interact with traditional medications, patients should consult their traditional doctor before using any Ayurvedic products. Some healthcare providers do not believe Ayurvedic medicine is safe because there has not been enough research done to prove its benefits outweigh its risks. Ayurvedic medicine providers and products are also not regulated in any way in the United States to ensure basic quality and safety.

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Where It Falls Short

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It is important for individuals thinking about using Ayurvedic medicine to understand traditional medicine is not able to be replaced by any form of holistic or natural medical systems, including Ayurveda. Obvious examples of where traditional medicine cannot be replaced include treatment during emergencies, bacterial infections, diagnosis of diseases, structural problems, and instant symptom or pain relief. Another way Ayurveda falls short of mainstream medicine is where there is scarce documentation of the mechanism of action and the active component in their herbs and formulations. Many researchers expressed concern with the fact Ayurvedic formulations contain numerous different herbs with active components and bioactive ingredients that may adversely interact with each other. Ayurvedic medicine is also known to be a process that takes several months to show any results or changes in a patient's symptoms or ailments. The short shelf life, unknown purity, and overall availability of Ayurvedic formulations are other known reasons why some individuals may drop out of this form of treatment.

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