Ayurvedic Consultation Vs Self medication
Updated: Feb 17
Why is it beneficial, safe and effective to consult an Ayurvedic Doctor instead of home remedies and self-medication?
Mohan had been suffering from cough for at least a month. He had done all remedies he could think of. He kept sipping hot water, he gargled with salt water and tried lozenges. His colleagues at workplace suggested more remedies and his wife made him a concoction with pepper, dry ginger, cloves and turmeric which had always worked for her. As a last resort, he even took a course of medicines for respiratory infection. But the cough seemed to get worse every day and he could hardly sleep.
At a family event, he got talking to an Ayurvedic doctor and casually mentioned his problem explaining to him all the herbal remedies he had already tried.
The Ayurvedic physician asked some questions and advised him to stop all medicines for a day and to chew on some sweet raisins, and also to avoid all kinds of spicy and oily food.
Mohan was amazed at how quickly it gave him relief and by the end of the second day, he felt better. He called the doctor and asked him why the other natural/herbal remedies did not work. The kind doctor explained that according to Ayurveda, all the constituents of the universe are medicinal in one way or the other. The wisdom to choose the right one, process in the right way and administered in the right quantity to the right person is what makes it an Oushadha (medicine). This Yukti (wisdom) is what a qualified and experienced Ayurvedic physician can bring in which makes all the difference.
Mohan was having dry cough caused by increased Pitta (Pittaja Kasa) which was in turn caused by acid reflux. The remedies like pepper, clove, salt water was increasing the Pitta, which in turn were aggravating the cough. Mohan later took the complete course of Ayurvedic treatment for his acid reflux condition and was also advised diet and lifestyle changes for long term relief.
Just like we reach out to an expert or a professional for help in every other part of our lives, it makes a lot of sense to do the same when it comes to health which is our biggest wealth rather than self-medication. The age-old wisdom when accessed through learned, authentic and qualified Ayurvedic doctors can be invaluable. Ayurveda promotes the understanding of one’s health/ body and mind, and how to nurture it to not just live longer but, live with the best quality of life in harmony with nature. So, an Ayurvedic consultation will be useful both in health and illness. Ayurveda celebrates the uniqueness of each individual by identifying the type (Prakriti) and providing guidelines to the well-being of every kind and thus promoting health in the healthy and individualistic therapeutic remedies for the diseased.
Having access to a knowledgeable, reliable, trustworthy and compassionate Ayurvedic physician for your entire family to enhance health and get good advice during illness can be a blessing. Keeping this in mind, Shreshtha Ayurveda has been offering authentic Ayurvedic consultations from the past 20 years.