Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pyar ke Side Effects - or - The Advantages of Ayurveda & Homeopathy

So, you just popped in an analgesic, which your wife/husband/mother so lovingly offered you, when you had a headache last? Now, an analgesic is very convenient. But, is it equally safe to be popped in? Consider the side effects of some analgesics:
- some analgesics can irritate the stomach lining.
- analgesics, when taken in high dosage, may cause liver damage especially if the person also consumes alcohol.
- Taking pain relievers which contain caffeine can cause disturbed sleep, when consumed close to bed-time.

I am sure you that this has not convinced you at all about the need to go easy with allopathy. What can be more convenient than to buy an analgesic over-the-counter remedy to get rid of a headache. When you do this, you are ,perhaps, not only inviting some of the above side effect but also suppressing a symptom which could be indicative of an underlying medical condition which needs more investigation.

Just consider some of the side-effects of some over-the-counter cough medications, under some circumstances:

- can cause anxiety
- may cause confusion
- may cause excitability
- may cause euphoria
- may cause nervousness

I had an attack of severe cold in the winters of 2006 and 2008. Allopathic treatments seemed to cure very fast. However, after each cure there were further bouts of severe cold. In addition, the treatment caused insomnia, uneasiness and other such side effects. Finally, tired to the treatment and its side effects I moved over to homeopathy.The cure was not transitory in nature. There were no side effects. There were no relapses.

In earlier years, I had a two years battle with vertigo.Allopathy did not help much. Homeopathy brought about lasting cure.

I know of others who swear by the treatment of the dispensary chain of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala. They have cures for diabetes, hypertension and other such illnesses which allopathy only controls. That is, you have to be on drugs life-long.

.... Yoga & Ayurveda

Swami Ramdev in his various programs questions why allopathy does not have a cure for hypertension and diabetes when there are cures in other systems of medicine. Is it because it ensures that pharmaceutical companies get a continuous stream of income by keeping the illness under control through continuous medication?

Of course, it is completely incorrect to say that allopathy has no merits. It has an important role to play in disease control. For several illnesses allopathy is, perhaps, the best line of treatment.

However,Ayurveda and Homeopathy have a strong line of treatment for various maladies. Since these are not well known they tend to be ignored.

The next time you have a cold or a sinus complaint try and alternative system of medicine.

It is nothing to be sneezed at.

You could be pleasantly surprised!

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