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The magic of Ayurvedic medicines

Tired of the constant visits to doctors and the excruciatingly long list of medicines that doesn't seem to work? Before you put your entire faith on western medicinal system, why not consider going back to traditional medicinal practices such as Ayurveda? After all, what scientists of modern medicine have proven only recently, the sages of the subcontinent had figured out more than 3000 years ago.

With the term “Ayurveda” translating to the 'science of life,' this traditional medical system is based on the belief that the human mind and body are deeply interconnected. Being one of the oldest medical systems in the world, Ayurveda has its roots from the Vedic culture of India. The motto is simple- if you want to be healthy, your mind and bodily systems must be in balance and at harmony with each other.



Ayurvedic system revolves around the Tridosha theory, which is a way of categorising energy types. Consisting of three fundamental doshas or personality types called the Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire), and Kaph (Water), Ayurveda believes each individual has a unique combination of these doshas. So, when you fall sick, it's because the internal balance among your doshas are disrupted. This imbalance can occur due to four fundamental reasons-  kal (time/seasons), arth (indulgence in worldly subjects), karm (action), and pragnyapradh (knowingly doing mistakes).



Of course, there's no denying the effectiveness of modern medicine. The drugs used in modern medicine are powerful but quite often, the risks with these drugs are also high. You don't know how your body will respond to the drug, and side effects such as grogginess can make it difficult for you to carry out your daily activities. Ayurveda addresses the huge diversity among patients, taking into account unique individual habits, metabolism and personality types. Since the ingredients used are herbal, not only are your chances of side effects reduced, but the ingredients often have added benefits that overall improve your health. As a result, in terms of treatment, you get remedies that are more suited to the individual needs of your body.



Ayurvedic treatments aim to cleanse the body of toxins and enhance the mind's self-awareness. One aspect of the process includes tuning in to the natural rhythms of your body and syncing your lifestyle with seasonal changes. Ayurvedic doctors prescribe a combination of medicines that often include essential oils, diet supplements and breathing exercises based on your doshas. Whether it's to cure the excruciating pain on your knees after climbing just one flight of stairs or a way out of the countless sleepless nights due to stress, your Ayurvedic doctor is bound to have a few suggestions for everything in your list of maladies.



Lack of side effects do not mean you can try out whatever medicine you want to! Consult a trained Ayurvedic doctor before starting your treatment. You can check out the resources at ARHC (Ayurveda Research & Health Center), which is the first ever authentic Panchakarma centre in the country. Located at the capital's Banani, the trained doctors can help you pick the right treatment.

Moreover, opt for well-known trusted sources when it comes to buying medicines. With traditional medicine, there is always risk of counterfeits. With a huge line of herbal medicinal products and an active production house, Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Bangladesh has been a constant trusted source when it comes to Ayurvedic medicines. For your everyday wellbeing, try the Hamdard Chyabanprash, which is a supplement of vitamins and minerals to improve your immunity and respiratory health. While many turn to Trifala Churna for indigestion issues, Hamdard Balarista is well-known among those hoping to put on a little weight.

In fact, more serious illnesses such as treating the enlargement of liver and spleen, nervous imbalances and so on are also covered by Hamdard. And while their effectiveness varies from person to person, such traditional medicinal systems are often the last resort for people, especially when the western ones fail them!


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Ayurveda is a long-practiced branch of alternative medicine based on lifestyle and nature, originating in ancient India. Lifestyle does not promote it over other forms of medicine, and practitioners should use individual discretion.

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