Thursday, 14 March 2013

The difference between Homeopathy and Ayurveda

Sickness was taken as curses of supernatural sources or the Gods in ancient times. Later with the advancement in science the actual reasons were know which pointed toward the entry of Microbes such as Bacteria, Virus and other microbes or pathogens into the human defense system. With the passage of time remedies to these sicknesses were found through various medical practices. Homeopathy and Ayurveda the two different therapeutic practices that came into existence from olden times and reached the sophisticated level to this day.

What is Homeopathy?

The term 'Homoios' is of Greek origin and denotes "Like" and the term "Pathos" denotes "Suffering". It believes in treating the patients with highly diluted preparations of various synthetic materials, animal, plant, as well as mineral substances. Homeopathy is a practice that is based on the "vital philosophy" which believes that various internal and external causes disturb the "imperative force" that affects the health of a person negatively. "Let like be cured by like" is this basic principle that later on developed in to an advanced structure of medication.

What is Ayurveda?

Derived from two words – Ayur indicating "life” and Veda indicating "knowledge” –The term Ayurveda denotes "understanding of life.” Ayurveda was formerly referred to as the discipline of eight components in ancient times. These eight components are known as aphrodisiacs and improving health of progeny, psychiatry ENT, prevention of diseases, toxicology, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, eye and improving rejuvenation and immunity. The earliest manuscripts on Ayurveda have been written during the Vedic period in India in Atharvaveda, the Vedic text. Ayurveda is a conventional medical system using herbs, practiced in South Asian regions for ages and is now being practiced as an alternative form of medicine in many countries across the world.

How is Homeopathy different from Ayurveda?

Both Homeopathic medicine and Ayurveda are from very different schools of thought but they belong to alternative and complementary medicine systems. Homeopathy, uses medicine that are prepared with various animal, synthetic materials plant, and mineral substance thinned in alcohol or distilled water and shaking it vigorously to incorporate the medicinal values of the compound to the solution. On the other hand Ayurveda, uses the medicine that is prepared with herbs, vegetables, minerals like arsenic, sulphur, lead, copper, gold and animal products like bones, milk and gallstones. The classical text of Ayurvedic medicine, Charak Samhita, recommends using kitchen herbs commonly used in our daily cooking.

Homeopathic medicines declare to be free of adverse side effects. The German physician Samuel Hahnemann introduced the vital philosophy of Homeopathy. Ayurveda has been in use in south-east Asia complimenting scientific Allopathic medicines. Ayurvedic physicians make use of "pulse diagnosis” as well as symptoms, while homeopathic practitioners rely on symptoms for diagnosis,. Ayurveda makes use of some surgical procedures, unlike Homeopathy.

On doing a comparative research study it is found that Both Ayurvedic medicines and Homeopathic remedies bring relief to users worldwide. Homeopathic therapy meets the legal standards for strength, purity and safety and claims to have no side effects. It can be administered even to children without any worries about having adverse effect on them.

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