Thanks to the online world, we can easily learn anything and everything by looking into our computer, tablets and smartphones. It has made the process of learning very easy. So, Ayurveda learning has also become quite easy. If you are starting out to learn Ayurveda by looking into the information available in the internet, I have one basic request / suggestion for you.
That is, do not fall behind learning about home remedies. An extension of last sentence is – concentrate on basics. Let me explain.
Knowledge of home remedies is quite fashionable. With the click of a few buttons, you can get more than 100 remedies for pimples in 5 minutes. I too have discussed (and will be discussing) many home remedies and treatments for many diseases.
Knowledge of these home remedies gives us a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. It enables us and makes us confident of helping others. But if you really want to help someone using Ayurveda, mere collection of home remedies listed in a book would not help.
I suggest you to invest a bit more of time and energy in learning basic concepts of Ayurveda.
How the disease progress sets in?
How the symptoms manifest?
How Doshas get involved and cause symptoms?
At what stage the current disease is?
For that particular stage of the disease, what are the herbs that I can use?
What are the ideal qualities of herbs that are desired in it?
So, a,b,c – these are the herbs best suited for this condition.
Now, how can I administer it, at what dose? at what time? For how long?
What is the benefit that we can expect in the patients? How much percentage of relief can be expected?
What if those herbs / remedies / medicines exhibit side effects?
How to handle those side effects?
So, I think this is the right way of learning Ayurveda. –
Knowing clearly the aspects of health
Learning about the disease
Then deciding on herbs / remedies
Full knowledge of remedies including dose, side effects, usage and benefits etc.
Of course, learning all these in a systematic manner takes a lot of time and effort. When someone talks freely about home remedies and if you do not know about them, it hurts. But what is the use of home remedy, if you do not know the dose, side effects, right method of usage, usability in particular disease condition etc?
Please remember – home remedies can be, at the best, a part of treatment. They can not be the actual treatment itself.