Busted! 7 myths about Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian form of medicine, while being popular, is shrouded in myths. We clears some of the more prevalent ones

Curing with ayurveda

While Ayurveda has captured the fancy of many, it is mostly in the areas of personal care and superficial complaints. If we let go of our reservations towards this system of healing, it can do a lot more for us.  Here we address some common myths surrounding Ayurveda.

Myth 1 Ayurvedic medicines are dangerous as they contain heavy metals

A lot of people would like to take Ayurvedic medicine but don’t because they are apprehensive about the heavy metal content in them. A few Ayurvedic preparations [herbo-mineral medicines] have heavy metals in them but these medicines are not dangerous in any way. The metals are made to undergo certain procedures to make them organic before they are incorporated in the medicines. Some of these metals are heat-treated to nullify the heaviness and toxicity. The medicines pass through a wide range of tests before they are declared safe for human consumption. The heavy metals, when converted, act as catalysts to carry the herbs to the desired site of action in the body.

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A version of this article was first published in the July 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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