Myth 1: Ayurveda subscribes to metaphysical concepts and supernatural beliefs.
Truth: It is a deeply entrenched stereotype that anything originating from South Asia is associated with mysticism, and the myth about Ayurveda subscribing to things metaphysical or supernatural comes about thanks to just such stereotyping. In reality, Ayurveda is the world’s oldest collection or body of empirical knowledge, about the human body, its functioning, its reactions to natural edible substances found in nature and other external intervention efforts, including surgery. In fact, it was through the study and practice of Ayurveda, that the earliest known recorded surgeries were conducted. You probably didn’t know that evidence for the earliest known dental surgery points to India in 7000 BCE. The first known plastic surgery has been traced back, with evidence, to 600 BCE, also to India. All thanks to pretty empirical Ayurveda, and the practice of it.
Myth 2: Ayurveda is religiously affiliated with or is a part of Hinduism.
Truth: The fact that each of the core scriptures subscribed to by followers of Hinduism is called a Veda and Ayurveda ends with “veda” is a matter of Sanskrit linguistics, with no relation between the two. Contrary to the parallel misconception that Ayurveda is derived from the Vedas, Ayurveda really is a separate and independent body of knowledge with no religious association or affiliation throughout its history whatsoever. It is primarily about biology and to a certain extent physics and chemistry. And it has been practiced or subscribed to, in a rather secular fashion, by people of all religious beliefs through the millennia.
Myth 3: Ayurveda contradicts Modern Western Medicine.
Truth: Before the explanation, in short, it doesn’t. In explanation, Ayurveda is the first or earliest known system of medical practice in the world, which has subsequently had a direct or an indirect influence on every other known system of medicine that has come about. In that perspective, Ayurveda in some ways is probably an ancestor to Modern Western Medicine. However like all things ancient, Ayurveda has eroded over time, with a great bulk of the body of knowledge lost over the thousands of years of its existence, to such extent that today, only a small portion of it survives. This diminishing process, in the present day, has rendered the importance of Ayurveda as secondary to Modern Western Medicine and also precludes it as a primary mode for medical intervention. However, this does not mean what survives of Ayurveda today, is ineffective or is in any way contradictory to the primary mode of intervention that Modern Western Medicine serves as, in any part. Far from contradicting, Ayurveda expedites, accelerates, reinforces and amplifies the intended effects or outcomes of Western Medical interventions, through the effective use of safe nature based therapies or edible oral intakes.
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