Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ayurveda On The Rise

Ayurvedic medicine tradition is more than 5,000-years-old, and herbal medicines remain an essential component of its practice. Today, the populations of certain countries still depend on herbal medicines as a panacea to their healthcare needs. With increasing awareness of ill after-effects of allopathic medicines, there is a huge global demand for natural/herbal medicines.

Ayurveda is highly effective in common and complicated ailments, and assures long-term relief with no side effects. Ayurvedic herbs like ashwagandha, brahmi, guggulu and many others, are well-known globally for their medicinal properties. As Ayurveda is recognized to be the foremost life science and describes ways to prevent and manage lifestyle disorders, the world is being attracted towards its potential. Many universities in India and abroad have started diploma courses in Ayurveda and allied subjects. This indicates the growing popularity as well as the acceptance of Ayurveda by the international societies too. The medical community is beginning to lay emphasis on ‘preventive care’ rather than post manifestation of diseases. The management of diseases with modern medicine is getting increasingly difficult owing to the ‘drug resistant’ strains of bacteria. This is a huge area of concern for scientists working in the healthcare arena.

One of the major strengths of Ayurveda is the basket of immuno-modulator herbs with established activity, duly accepted by modern scientists. Similarly, the other category of herbs called ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda, possess rejuvenating properties and are targeted towards different organs to tone up the system and ensure function smoothly.

Ayurvedic drugs have literally stood the test of time. It has been the main stay health care system in India before the advent of modern drugs in early 19th century. Generations have benefited, got cured and passed on the remedies to the next generation with confidence and pride. There cannot be a bigger and better example than the good old Chyawanprash
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