Allopathy vs Ayurveda

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Modern medicine has saved millions of lives and emerged as the best option to go to in case of trauma and severe illness. But, it often comes with side effects and doesn’t take care of the root of the problem. On the other hand, Ayurveda is more focused on treating the problem and body as a whole, rather than just the symptoms. The ancient medicinal system is based on the principle that health is not the absence of disease but a positive condition or state that can be achieved by following Yamas (social restraints) and Niyamas (self-disciplines). Ayurveda teaches us to let ourselves be guided by these ethical principles in how we relate to others and take care of our bodies. Once you have upgraded your health, you may see that most of the ailments will disappear without having to be directly addressed.

Ayurveda can help us be at complete balance at all the levels of the mind, body, and soul. Although modern medicine is vital and life-saving, sometimes the solutions can be unfulfilling for the body and senses. In such cases, Ayurveda can be the solution to all these problems.

The following article speaks about nine herbal and ayurvedic replacements for modern medicine to treat various ailments.



Ayurveda describes fever comprehensively. Categorized into thirteen types, fever can be Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja, Vata-Pittaja, Vata-Kaphaja, Tridoshaj (intrinsic fevers), Agantuja (extrinsic fever), Krodhaja (anger induced), Kamaja (related to sex), Vishama jwar (malaria), Shokaja (anxiety induced), and Bhuta-vistha (of unknown origin). Along with the rise in body temperature, additional symptoms can surface based on other factors and doshas.

Since a variety of factors can cause fever, its management and treatment are equally diverse. 

However, there are a few general rules that need to be followed for its treatment.


Ayurvedic therapies act as a natural cure for fever

As mentioned in the classic Ayurvedic text, Bhaisajya Ratnavali, one can take Sudarsana Tablets daily to treat fever. The compound is a natural medicine for fever and works effectively to treat other types of fever as well.

Another formula that can be used for the treatment of simple fever is the mixture of Vasaka leaf (Adhatoda vasica) and 10% of Shukti Bhasma (which is oyster shell ash), taken in doses of 1-2 grams twice daily with warm water.



A significant health concern that people face as they age is declining mental ability. However, the following Ayurvedic approaches can be quite beneficial in building a good memory power and support the functions of the brain.


Rejuvenate your memory with Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, Medhya implies intellect or wisdom. Medhya remedies promote mental health and act as mental rejuvenators to develop a mind that is mighty, vibrant, and pure.

Medhya can be brought into play in several ways. Anything that promotes the sattva guna, one of the qualities of consciousness, will make your mind steadier. 

Brahmi Pearls from Kerala Ayurveda contains a balanced mix of Tulsi, Brahmi and Mandukaparni to greatly boost memory and cognitive abilities.

Herbs and foods that are bitter are known to open up the mind and increase awareness. Since bitter herbs have a cooling and calming effect, they help fight mental dullness and enable us to reach our full potential. 

Some of the mind-nourishing herbs that stand as the pillars to build mental health are mentioned below.



All five elements of life govern eye health. Earth controls the muscular part, water rules the white area of the eye, fire regulates the blood vessels, air controls the colour, and space oversees the tear ducts and channels.

Alochaka Pitta has a significant role to play in eye health as well. It is a sub-dosha of Pitta that tends to become less balanced with age. Therefore, you must care for your eyes throughout life.

There are many therapies listed in Ayurveda that act as a natural cure for eyes, such as Netra Tarpanam, Padabhyanga, and Nasyam. The Netra Tarpanam works best for people who have computer vision syndrome and dry eyes. Your ayurvedic practitioner might either use lukewarm ghee or oil for the treatment depending on your dosha and needs. However, this treatment is not recommended for people with cataracts or eye infections. It also provides relief from itchiness or irritation in the eyes.

The Padabhyanga treatment involves massaging the foot to stimulate vital points on feet that are believed to enable the eyes to perform better. Padabhyanga helps to reduce the tiredness and strain in eyes caused by stress.

In Nasyam, medicines are administered through the nasal cavity to act on the particular area of the brain associated with regulating vision.



Dry cough or Shushka Kasa has turned out to be a common problem among city dwellers. The everyday exposure to allergens and pollutants in the environment causes them to enter and stay in the throat, lungs, and airways. As a natural reflex action, the body tries to get rid of them by coughing. This repetitive action results in inflammation of the respiratory tract and throat. Other causes of dry cough are sinusitis, pneumonia, vomiting, and infection in the respiratory tract.

Dry coughs provoked by high levels of pollution, allergy, dust, and toxic smoke are termed as 'Vataja Kasa.' To protect yourself from this disease, you can follow the below-mentioned treatments.

In addition to these home remedies, there are medicinal preparations aimed at treating individuals based on their dosha composition and disease symptoms. Presently, Ayurveda has powerful medicines to cure dry cough, throat infection, and other respiratory diseases. Kerala Ayurveda's Tussnil Syrup contains naturally occurring cough-combating ingredients like Vasa, Kasamarda, Yashti and Lavanga to help in faster relief.



If you have caught a cold, try the following all-natural remedies from Ayurveda.

Ayurveda suggests inhaling ginger-infused steam to get relief from sinus and lung congestion. To do that, you can boil one teaspoon of ginger in a pint of water and then hold your face at a comfortable distance from the pot. Drape a towel over your head to stop the steam from escaping and inhale it through your nose. Repeat as needed.


Menstrual Cramping

Menstruation is a normal part of a woman’s life. But at times, the pain and discomfort become so severe that going through a regular day becomes tough. Menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea can bring sharp, dull, throbbing, burning, or shooting pain. The cramps may occur several days before menstruation or accompany it, and it usually tapers off after the cycle.

In Ayurvedic terms, Apana Vayu, a subtype of Vata Dosha, governs and controls menstruation. It is located in the pelvic floor, and its energy permeates through the lower abdomen region. Generally, the Apana Vayu flows downward and out, but when there is a disturbance or obstruction in the flow, it results in dysmenorrhea or Kashtartav.



The ayurvedic treatment for dysmenorrhea involves sweating, cleansing, medicated enemas, controlling the Vata, etc. Oil therapy and massage are useful to clear any obstructions, relieve any spasms, and promote the free movement of Vata in the appropriate direction.

Anuvasan Basti or Oil Enema works wonders in normalizing the flow and direction of Vata. Here, individuals are required to follow through the process of a series of oil and decoction enema to relieve themselves of the pain. Uttar Basti treatment is widely used as well, where medicines are administered inside the uterus. This removes any blockages of channels and provides more nutrition to the uterus. Other therapies, like Virechan and Pichu, are also quite beneficial.


Joint pain

Joint pain can affect one or multiple joints. Arthritis can also be the reason causing stiffness and pain in the joints. The condition cannot be permanently cured, but changes in the diet can help in better managing the joints. Ayurveda introduces many herbs that can be used to alleviate joint pain. Some of the natural herbs for joint pain are described below.



According to the principles of Ayurveda, the primary reason for headache is due to dosha imbalances caused by improper lifestyle and unhealthy diet choices. Headaches begin to surface when Vata is clogged, which can again intensify with pitta aggravation. 

Some of the factors that trigger dosha imbalance and headaches are emotional stress, dehydration, constipation, inadequate rest, diet, and hunger. Most of the headaches occurring today are induced by stress and sleep deprivation, among other causes.

Ayurveda remedies work by targeting these underlying causes of headaches. Below mentioned are some of the efficient solutions for dealing with headaches.



Stress and depression are a result of the wear and tear that the mind and body go through while coping with the endlessly changing environment. Ayurveda says that stress, anxiety and depression are all the disorders of Rajas. Rajas is one of the three qualities of consciousness, representing passion or undirected activity.

When Rajas builds up in your mind, they emerge as craving, attachment, and desire. As these impulses, by their nature, are tough to satisfy, they tend to create a negative psychological disposition.



To treat the conditions of a disturbed mind, Jatamansi, Ashwagandha, Sarpagandha, Vacha, Brahmi and Shankpushpi are extremely helpful. These herbs impart strength to the nervous system so that the body becomes capable enough to cope up with tension and stress.


About Dr. Natasha

Dr. Natasha is a Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery specializing in treating geriatric ailments, auto-immune and musculoskeletal diseases over a period of 10 years in the field. Dr. Natasha has also been actively involved in the development of numerous natural and herbal treatments that help beauty enhancement.



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