Difference between Ayurveda and homeopathy
Ayurveda vs homeopathy:
While in the early ages, illnesses were considered as curses of the Gods or other supernatural sources, it was later on found out that sicknesses occur due to other natural sources such as viruses, bacteria and other organisms that enter the human system. As time went by, many medical practices were discovered which had the potential to remedy these sicknesses that plagued the human kind and throughout centuries, these medical practices were developed and upgraded to better counteract against these diseases. Ayurveda and homeopathy are two such medical practices that have existed from the very ancient times and have developed themselves to the sophistication that they portray today as a result.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional herbal medical system that has been practiced in South Asian regions for ions and is now being practiced as an alternative form of medicine in many countries across the globe. The earliest text on Ayurveda had been written during the Vedic period in India in the Vedic text Atharvaveda. Ayurveda was once referred to as the science of eight components in the olden days. These eight components are known as internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, eye and ENT, psychiatry, toxicology, prevention of diseases and improving immunity and rejuvenation, aphrodisiacs and improving health of progeny.
What is homeopathy?
Derived from the Greek words ‘hómoios’ which means “like” and ‘pathos’ which means “suffering, homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine of which the first basic principle was stated by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. “Let like be cured by like” is this basic principle that later on developed in to an advanced form of medicine. Homeopathy believes in treating the patients with highly diluted preparations of various plant, animal, synthetic materials, as well as mineral substances. It is a practice that is based on the “vitalist philosophy” which believes that various external and internal causes disturb the “vital force” that negatively affects the health of a person. The treatment method of homeopathy follows the “law of similar” which is a principle which preaches of ridding a person of a disease with drugs that produce the same symptoms as the disease.
What is the difference between homeopathy and Ayurveda?
While Ayrveda and homeopathy remain to be two alternative forms of medicines, both these practices are very different from one another. For instance, Ayurveda is deemed to be the oldest of the two practices as it has been practiced for ions whereas homeopathy was only introduced three centuries ago. While Ayurveda has been in use in south-east Asia complimenting scientific Allopathic medicines, homeopathy is a practice that is based on the vitalist philosophy which was introduced by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann.
Ayruveda believes in preventing a disease while homeopathy believes in curing a disease. Going along these lines, in addition to the medicine that is prepared with vegetables, herbs, minerals like sulphur, arsenic, copper, lead, gold and animal products like milk, bones, and gallstones, Ayurveda also stresses on the importance of yoga, exercise and healthy living. Homeopathy on the other hand, uses medicine that are prepared with various plant, animal, synthetic materials and mineral substances diluted in alcohol or distilled water and vigorously shaking it to pass the properties of the substance to the dilution.
Ayurveda believes that in keeping the human body free from toxins, one can stay free of diseases. However, according to homeopathy, diseases are not contacted, but have always been present in the human body. However, Ayurveda at present is taught and practiced by professionals and The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) which is a state-sponsored institution involved in research and promotion of clinical, literary and other aspects of Ayurveda in India. Not only the South Asian countries, many other Western countries too have embraced Ayurveda and are working towards promoting this natural form of medicine in their own respective countries.
Homeopathy on the other hand has been described as a deceptive form of treatment and yet, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 has recognized homeopathic remedies as drugs. As a result, homeopathy is being integrated in to treatment methods all over the world and as a result, homeopathic medicine is being sold in pharmacies across the globe.
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