Efficacy of Ayurvedic Medicine in the UK

In recent years, there has been a huge demand for Ayurvedic herbal medicine and western countries have started to acknowledge Ayurveda as a safer alternative method of medical treatment. Here, Lara Sinha, talks about the feasibility of adopting Ayurveda medicine in the west, especially the UK

Ayurveda is fast gaining momentum as a natural and alternative medical system sans side effects. Many medical professionalsaccept the fact that Ayurveda can easily work in harmony with other medical processes. As of now, it is understood that there is currently some practice of Ayurveda within the current UK Healthcare system, the NHS (National Health Service). Considering this fact, it is essential to understand how to combine Ayurveda with modern medicine.

It is understood that patients and those who seek the benefits of Ayurveda gain a lot from its consultation methodology.In this methodology, each person is treated as an individual and he/she is examined from a whole ayurvedic perspective. Initially, an examination is done to find out the root cause of the illness.This includes not just physical problems but also mental and emotional issues. Often the pre-existing signs of the illness are diagnosed before the disorder becomes apparent. The patient is thus treated at the acute stage before the disease becomes chronic. The treatment is done through a natural process of elimination of toxins (mental and physical). This is supported by correcting diet and lifestyle habits by using some simple herbs.

Those affected by ill-health can hope to gain some understanding of how, why or when their disorder has manifested and the pathology of the disease can be explained to them in relatively simple terms. The methodology of Nidhana (causative factor) in Ayurveda  is most important, for it is often overlooked in other forms of medicine and treatment.  This is considered the only logical and scientific route through which a patient is treated.  It is fair to say that if the cause is not known then there can be no alleviation of the disorder. Thus, it is a principle of Ayurvedic treatment to identify and prevent the disease using a simple methods of diagnosis.

Ayurveda emphasises the importance of perception and actually listening and understanding it. It has the benefit of building a good relationship between the practitioner and the patient and assists with other relationships and family, a system not much supported in western countries so far. The loss of connection prevalent in western society, along with the lack of human touch and high level of stress and general high pitta environment have resulted in the rise of many mental health and autoimmune problems which has overloaded the current NHS system.Thus, Ayurvedic practice offers counselling to support people and help reconnect themselves and become stronger both physically and mentally.  This, knowledge, combined with the compassion that is found only in Ayurveda, can help with the more psychosomatic and sympathetic side of the illness which are often dismissed or overlooked leaving the patient neglected or helpless.

Ayurveda thus offers safer and healthier alternatives and thtreatment is relatively simple and non- invasive.   Ayurvedic medicines are affordable to most and it can easily work alongside with allopathy in most clinical cases.  Although Ayurveda’s journey into the bigger picture may have been somewhat slow, it is believed that we are now working towards eventual collaboration with the healthcare service in the UK .  With this in mind, I would like to encourage further research into scientific-based approaches of Ayurveda to determine the further use of Ayurvedic medicine as a protocol in the West.

Lara Sinha

Ayurvedic Practitioner


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