The concept of Ayurveda has its genesis in the Indian sub-continent and is considered as an alternative form of medicine in the other parts of the world. Ayurveda is successfully practiced in India and is used to treat a majority of diseases.
Ayurvedic medicines are made up of natural ingredients and are free from any side-effects. The medicines provide the human body all the things it wants and completely eradicates the use of adverse supplements and foodstuffs that act as a barrier in the treatment.
Apart from Ayurvedic medicines, Ayurveda also involves numerous therapeutic techniques which involve physical pharmacy techniques and even prayers. However, their main essence lies in their safety.
Relevance of Ayurveda in the modern society
The importance of Ayurveda and its therapeutic techniques in the contemporary society differ geographically across the world. That is, it has gained more popularity in Asia but is not widely used in the western world thereby creating a discrepancy in its use. However, Ayurveda has earned a place as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the western world especially in the United States. As a majority of US consumers give more importance to quick healing techniques and prefer the use of technology, Ayurvedic medicines have gained little significance in the contemporary society. This is also evident with the research practices carried over in the United States. As compared to over more than 100 colleges in India, there are only 20 colleges in the US involved in the research practices and their research is also limited to few Ayurvedic practices such as the dietary changes, herbal treatments, and massage techniques. Ayurveda in itself is a large domain and its relevance in the society is almost trivial.
Many medical scientists and physicians criticize the clinical relevance of Ayurvedic treatments and assert that clinical studies in Ayurveda are limited, and their effectiveness is debatable. They mainly refer to the emphasis of Ayurveda on providing different kinds of treatments for various people having the same disease.
Everything said and done, as research is a never-ending process and drug discovery losing its sheen day by day, it is important for the western world to come up with new plant-based drugs through active Research and Development (R&D). Traditional therapeutic practice such as the Ayurveda can work wonders in this arena and can help in the development of medicines free from side-effects and risks.