When we talk about Ayurvedic medicine and its all natural treatments, we perceive it to be holistic. We assume natural remedies do not have side effects and can never backfire. Ayurveda is the science of life, it studies nature, herbs, and natural treatments for various ailments, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it does not have any side effects.
Everything, if taken too much, can be harmful, even the most natural herbs, oils, and foods.
Here are some of the most common questions answered
- Are Ayurvedic medicines safe?
Ayurveda uses many practices and treatments. It includes ingestion of medicinal herbs and plants, changes in food patterns, and even massages and physical exercise. Ayurvedic medicines are usually composed of herbs, minerals, and metals. Like everything- too much of Ayurvedic medicine can prove to be harmful. Consuming Ayurvedic medicines without proper guidance and without the direction of a practitioner can prove to be harmful. Many metals such as lead can be poisonous if ingested.
- Do Ayurvedic medicines counter react?
Some Ayurvedic medicines can react to other medicines you might be consuming. It is always best to check with your Ayurvedic practitioner if taking a herb or medicine with others is okay. A full detailed history of all medication should be provided openly and honestly to avoid any mishaps.
- Are Ayurvedic medicines effective?
There have not been many controlled clinical trials to accurately find out the effectiveness of Ayurveda. There are certain reports that suggest that it is not that effective compared to allopathic medicine, but natural remedies and cures, however slow, are always preferred. There is no harm in consuming natural medications such as ginger, cinnamon, or aloe vera occasionally. If nothing else, it can help keep the system detoxified and healthy.
Here are some side effects of Ayurveda that have been argued over time:
- Toxicity- Many Ayurvedic medicines contain minerals and metals. If consumed in high quantities, these minerals and metals can prove to be toxic. Medicines that sell over the counter as dietary supplements are not subjected to medical standards and may contain high levels of mercury and arsenic, apart from lead.
- Drug interactions- Some Ayurvedic medicines, as mentioned above, may not interact well with other medicines you may be taking. Their interaction may cause adverse side effects and should be reported immediately. Ayurvedic medicines should always only be prescribed after a full medical history is given.
• Other common side effects- Some Ayurvedic medicines like ashwagandha may cause drowsiness. Amla is sweet and thus regular consumption may cause tooth decay, which can be avoided by brushing properly and regularly. Sudden changes in diets, massage therapies, and steams and oil therapies may cause problems such as allergic reactions. The most common side effects reported are headaches, and gastrointestinal problems and upsetting.