Usual prescription of most of Ayurvedic doctors include a combination of few Ayurvedic medicines, diet – lifestyle advice and if only the doctor finds need, one or two home remedies. Clearly, Ayurvedic home remedies are considered secondary to Ayurvedic medicines in the mind of the doctor. There are few valid reasons for this –:
1. Time consuming process – Usually home remedies take a lot of time to prepare. A busy person may not be able to dedicate time to prepare his own medicine / remedies.
2. Difficulty in explaining – For a busy Ayurvedic doctor, explaining 2 – 3 home remedies in an effective way to the patient so that the patient will follow all instructions is very difficult and time consuming.
3. Dosage and concentration variation – Chances of patient making mistakes with proportion of each herbs, confusion between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, chances for confusion with dosage, after-drink (Anupan) etc are very high in a home remedy. Such a thing does not exist in case of ready-made Ayurvedic medicine, like, a tablet, capsule or a syrup.
4. Expiration date – Excluding herbal oils, herbal ghee, herbal jam etc, regular home remedies such as Kashaya (decoction), infusion etc have just 12 – 24 hours of expiration date. So, patient has to make it everyday.
5. Patient convenience – Suppose some remedy is to be taken in the afternoon, any patient, during his work, cannot dedicate time to prepare his own medicine. Suppose the patient is travelling to a different place, for her, travelling a bottle of readymade syrup and a few tablets is far easy than carrying different herbs to make fresh home remedies.
So considering all these aspects, most of Ayurvedic doctors prefer Ayurvedic medicines to home remedies.
Herbal Home Remedies – Precautions
Herbs have natural chemicals, that possess qualities that benefit our health or help to cure diseases. While it is fun and exciting to chose and use herbal home remedies, few precautions are always better to take.
1. Do not use home remedies as replacement to regular medicine. It is better not to replace regular medicines with home remedies. In case of herbal remedies, fixing the dosage, quantifying the efficacy is relatively difficult.
2. Be careful while trying multiple herbal remedies. Two herbs or herbal combinations may react with each other to exhibit mutually promoting or opposing health effects. Hence special care needs to be taken.
3. Consult a herbalist. We are never the best judge for our own health. I too consult my colleagues for my health conditions. Hence it is always better to consult an herbal specialist. An herbal doctor herbalist will be having the knowledge regarding active components and mode of action of herbs / herbal combinations.
Probable reactions and side effects of natural remedies. Probable interaction of herbal remedies with allopathic medicines. Suitability of herbal remedies as per age, health condition, body constitution and disease.
4. Reveal about home remedies to your allopathic doctor –It helps the doctor to make the right choice of medicines with right dose. Some herbs react with medicines, either positively or negatively.
5. Do a research yourself . After your herbal expert has suggested herbs for you, do a research and get to know more about those herbal remedies. Feel free to discuss your doubts with the herbal doctor. A genuine herbal / ayurvedic doctor will always be open to questions.
6. Take herbal remedies in an proper manner – Taking herbal medicines before food will have different effect on the body when compared to taking herbs after food.
Taking herbal remedies with cold water will have different effect on the body when compared to taking them with hot water.
Eating fruits before or after herbal remedies will have different effect when compared to having meals before or after herbs.
Taking Ayurvedic remedies in the morning will have a different effect on health when compared to taking them in evening.
Same herb can exhibit different actions on different persons and in different health conditions.