A Word of Caution

Here is an honest word of caution from us on the Ayurvedic medication. It is a firmly established fact that there is little research, currently on Ayurvedic herbal medicine. Hence, a lot of care must be taken as medication is often prescribed in multiples of herbs- i.e. a single herb (as specified in the previous post) remedies are not often prescribed. Hence we implore the public to employ caution, especially with the more vulnerable patients, in certain diseases. It also does good to maintain an awareness of the aggressive actions of fasting and ‘detox’ diets on chronically ill patients.

Generally, ayurvedic medicine is used to prevent ill-health, for body detoxification, for relaxation, for stress relief, to increase energy levels, for immune system support, to create balance and harmony, in the mind, the body and the spirit. In consuming medication for these broad fields of ailments, special awareness must be exercised in relation to cures for toxicity in general. This stems from the consumption of herbal tonics prescribed for the purpose. Similarly when one integrates complementary and conventional medicine in the medication prescription caution is to be exercised. Ayurvedic medication during times of pregnancy as also when used for vulnerable patient populations inclusive of babies, the elderly and the weak due to chronic ailments should be carefully administered. In times of ill-health the patient should not engage in any kind of fasting or detox regime.

There is a probability of adverse reactions and drug interactions during consumption of the oral contraceptive when under ayurvedic medication. Hence the patient must be wary of the repercussions that entail as a consequence. One must also be educated of the effects of pill, digoxin and warfarin consumption when on herbal medication. In cases of various bleeding disorders the patient should consult and appropriately consume the medication and not take the prescription for granted. Since ayurvedic herb prescriptions are usually a combination and are rarely used singly the need for caution becomes imperative.