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Can Ayurveda really cause side effects?

Can Ayurveda really cause side effects?

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine, is generally considered safe. However, everything has some rules and limitations. Here are the wrong ways to use Ayurvedic medicines that may lead to side effects.

Presence of heavy Metal Compounds

Some Ayurvedic Medicines contain metal and mineral compounds, including gold, lead, mercury, and arsenic. Mixed opinions exist regarding these Medicines. However, it is generally believed that if the metals have been properly purified, they will not cause any adverse effects and will help restore the body's balance in addition to curing diseases.

Not using Ayurvedic medicines according to the treatment protocol

Ayurveda has strict protocols for using each medicine and these protocols must be followed precisely. It is not only important what is consumed, but also how. Ayurvedic medicines are effective when administered with care.

Some medications must be mixed with milk and others with warm water. For example, you must consume all guggulu preparations with milk as guggul may create excessive heat inside the body.  Also, you must take care of the Therefore, every little action matters in the end.

Not using Ayurvedic medicines at the right time

According to Ayurveda, our bodies have metabolic waves or patterns and different organ systems become active during different times of the day or night. And if you want to impact a certain organ or organ system, you must consume the medicine at a specific time. On the other hand, certain Ayurvedic medicines consumed at an incompatible time may create problems in the body.

For example, a pitta person (hot-bodied person) must not consume a herb called guggul empty stomach on a summer afternoon. This incompatible time of the day and the year may create excessive heat in the body and may produce side effects, ranging from pimples to severe loose motions.

Not detoxifying the body before using Ayurvedic medicines

Any medication, whether Ayurvedic or not, requires the digestive system to be in the "proper state." The effect of the medication on your body is contingent upon its interaction with your stomach. Therefore, it is crucial to have a proper detox process before you start some Ayurvedic medicines.

Not Following the prescribed diet

According to Ayurveda, food compatibility is a huge factor. If you are eating food that is bad for your dosha balance or metabolism, or food that does not agree with the medicine, you may face certain side effects. For example, you must not eat bitter gourds with Ayurvedic medicines that contain heavy metals. This may lead to side effects. 

Trying Self Medication with complex Ayurvedic formulations

Although Ayurvedic Medicines are natural and herbal in nature, self-medication should be strictly avoided. Incorrect medication or dosage can cause toxicity and harm to the body and mind. A thorough diagnosis with an Ayurvedic physician, including Prakriti Analysis and Naadi Pariksha, is the ideal starting point for Ayurvedic Medicines.

To Conclude

Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical practices in India. These medications have been proven effective over time. They restore vitality and enhance well-being. Today, we have multiple research studies regarding many Ayurvedic formulations. However, please make sure that you use Ayurvedic medicines in the right way for the best results.

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