Most of the people who have some experience or knowledge of Ayurveda commonly say that Ayurveda medicines/treatments are slow in action! Is it true? If yes, why are they so? If not, then what is the truth?
Actually slow and fast action depends on various factors. Also, it is not always necessary and good to have ‘fast’ actions! Before I go into those reasons I may have to explain a bit about the concept of Ayurveda therapy and medicines to make it more clear.
Ayurveda is basically a system of healthy living. That is, it is not merely a medical system instead, it thinks beyond and before that. Ayurveda teaches about living healthy and preventing diseases more than just treating a health problem. Moreover, it is a science based on natural concepts. It follows and adopts nature’s rhythm, cycles, natural elements, naturally occurring substances and natural processes in the universe. Hence, treatments and medicines of Ayurveda follow those rules to stay in harmony with the nature.
For example, when there is fever, it is considered as body’s effort to fight against the foreign material (unwanted substance) by burning it out, throwing it out or by creating an intolerable situation inside for that material to survive. So the medicines and treatments or even food-activity advice during fever would be aimed at supporting the body in that fight or to protect the bodily elements from the untoward effects of this battle! It won’t be aimed at masking the temperature or just to lower the temperature of the body! This is the reason it appears as if Ayurveda medicine is doing nothing or working slowly (because the body temperature is not brought down suddenly).
Another reason could be due to deep seated problem. For example, in case of arthritis, the problem is situated at deeper structures like bones and joints. Then while treating with natural medicines and therapies it is not possible to reach them in a day or two. So the medicines will take their own cycles according to the natural process to metabolise and reach there. Also, these treatments will not aim at masking the pain in the joints but aim to support the tissues there and to prevent further damage. So it is normal to feel that the medicines are not acting or acting slow when they don’t see reduction in pain immediately!
One more reason is the chronicity (duration of the problem). For example, if the arthritis was developed over a period of many years and is deeply and firmly located in the tissues, how is it possible to expect the cure/halt all of a sudden? The cure will also take its own time to correct it or to reverse the process in a natural way.
Another reason is complexity. If a disease has occurred by the influence and involvement of various matters like genetic factor, involvement of multiple tissues, wide spread in the body, bad diet-lifestyle-stress etc. and so on, it would definitely take longer time to simplify them, dissolve them, act on them and alter them in order to reverse the process and to prevent the recurrence…
This list is just an example! There are so many such other factors which decide if the medicine acts fast or slow and also, if it is necessary to act so! Moreover, masking a symptom or sign of a disease is not a cure, of course it can be a temporary relief from the discomfort. So, my personal view is an integrated approach would be ideal to relieve the discomfort initially and to cure the problem in due course.
Heal well…heal naturally! All the best…