There are so many different approaches to your overall health that it can often be overwhelming. There are new studies showing up every day about what’s considered “healthy” versus “unhealthy” that often counteract the study you just read about the week before. One trend that has been gaining a lot of traction is an appreciation of alternative health practices where Western medicine is the norm. Ayurvedic practices, for example, are now being considered at higher rates instead of traditional Western treatment. But what is the difference between Ayurveda and Western medicine?

What vs. Why

Western medicine is symptomatic treatment, where the resources you’re given are to treat the symptoms you have (i.e. headaches, rash, joint pain, etc.). Ayurveda treats the root cause of the problem. Each person is considered a completely unique entity, and therefore every treatment is unique.

Fix vs. Change

Pharmaceuticals are widely used throughout Western medicine while Ayurveda promotes lifestyle changes and the use of nature to holistically treat an individual. An Ayurvedic practitioner may prescribe certain diets incorporating spices and herbs or the implementation of yoga – all depending on your body constitution and energetics.

Quick vs. Long Term

It is not uncommon for patients of Western Medicine to experience results on a short-term basis with pharmaceuticals and other prescriptions. However, the underlying problem will most likely still remain, and your ailment has a high chance of returning. Ayurvedic medicine is all about taking preventative measures early on before a disease manifests by following guidelines that encompass lifestyle changes, including keeping good mental AND physical disposition.

Ayurveda and Western medicine can both be helpful when treating an issue, but what’s most important is YOU. Ayurvedic medicine is all about you as an individual. It can help with a myriad of different issues. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, decrease anxiety, heal skin issues, or even relieve joint pain, an Ayurvedic consultant can prescribe natural, healthy ways to change your mind, body, and spirit. We have a consultant on-site here, so feel free to contact us to set up a discovery meeting!

Ayurveda and Western Medicine