Ayurveda Vs Allopathy
Today’s fast-paced lifestyles need quick solutions to all our problems. This applies to our health also. People are looking at quick relief for their ailments rather than permanent cure. The modern medicine system or allopathy is serving the purpose. However, we are paying a price of short-term benefits and losing health over the long-term. The Ayurveda, which is Indian origin, was very popular and dated back to 5000 BC. Unfortunately, science has lost its significance in between, and allopathy has gained prominence. Both the sciences have their advantages and merits over each other. We will compare the benefits of both the sciences in this article.
Ayurveda is an ancient science of medicine that is holistic in nature. The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed on through learnings from sages and through word of mouth. Ayurveda’s word is derived from the Sanskrit language where “Ayur” means life and “Veda” means science. Ancient science balances Vata, pitta, and Kapha. The Vata dosha has the air and space elements dominating our body. The pitta dosha has the fire element dominating our body, and the Kapha dosha has the earth and water elements dominating our body. Excess of any of the three is considered detrimental to human health. The science of Ayurveda focusses on maintaining balance in the body by avoiding doshas (harms). Ayurveda believes that the doshas impact the body shape, the tendencies like food preferences, and a person’s moods and emotions. The treatment is based on the cause.
Allopathy is a science from the west. The term “Allos” means opposite, and “pathos” means suffering. The treatment consists of providing the opposite effect that the symptoms of the disease have. The term allopathy was first coined by “Hahnemann” in 1842. This medicine made its entry in India in the 1500s. The allopathic treatment is given by the license’s medical practitioners like doctors, nurses, etc. Allopathy believes in treatment based on symptoms of a disease and not the cause of the disease. The practitioners are highly skilled and trained. Modern technology helps to identify the disease at a preliminary stage. The treatment is based on diagnosis and tests.
Objective of Ayurveda
Objective of Allopathy
|The objective of Ayurveda is to provide a complete wellness package. It is a treatment package, the balance of the body (Kapha, Vata, pita), nutrition, exercise(yoga). The ultimate objective is to complete wellness and a healthy lifestyle.||The objective of Allopathy is to replace or change the organs. The root cause is not identified, and a permanent cure is not offered.|
|Ayurvedic medicines are prepared by herbs and naturally obtained food ingredients||Permutations and combinations of chemicals prepare allopathy medicines.|
|Ayurveda is followed and believed by many. There is very little research activity done.||Allopathy has a lot of research & development activity done globally. There are several millions of dollars invested by many nations on the treatment and research activity.|
|The philosophy of Ayurveda is to prevent illness in human beings and provide long-term benefits. Ayurvedic science is based on logical reasoning and perceptions of great sages.||Allopathy medicine has a hypothesis, experimentation, observation, and conclusion. The treatment approach is symptomatic.|
|Ayurveda helps to find the root cause of the problem and cures it permanently. It does not suppress the disease-causing element.||Allopathy provides instant relief to the patients but does not cure permanently.|
|The ayurvedic medicines boost internal immunity and help to fight with the disease, thereby curing the disease.||The allopathic medicines heal the disease temporarily but destroy the internal immunity system.|
|Ayurvedic treatment consists of herbs, plants, fruits, vegetable extracts. The treatment can also include messages using herbal oils.||Allopathy therapy consists of advanced treatments using sophisticated medical equipment, drugs, transplants, etc.|
|The ayurvedic treatment takes a longer time for the results to show up. The therapy may last long, but the effect is permanent.||The allopathic treatment provides faster relief but dies not to cure permanently|
|There are very few ayurvedic hospitals and clinics.||The allopathic centers are accessible and available everywhere.|
|Ayurveda is based on bringing balance to mind, soul, and body||Allopathy only cures bodily problems|
|Ayurvedic medicines have no side effects.||Allopathic medicines have side effects in the long-run.|
|Ayurvedic medicines detoxify the body.||Allopathic medicines only cure; there is no detoxification process.|
|Ayurveda has a permanent cure for certain diseases like arthritis, haemorrhoids, etc. The treatment is focused on the Prakriti (body)of the patient and the doshas present in the Prakriti.||Allopathy focusses on the temporary cure and no permanent cure of the problem.|
|The ayurvedic treatments are based on Shodhana detoxification) and Shamana(curative therapy).||The allopathic treatment is based on diagnostic reports like MRI, scans, medicines, surgeries, and transplants.|
We have attempted to make a comparative study of both the sciences and bring before you the benefits and drawbacks of the same. Always remember, “health is wealth.” Please be wise with your health and take good care of yourself.