“Take this intense research based traditional wonder herbal remedy which cures insulin dependent diabetes in 2 weeks time. Take that classical Ayurvedic herbal remedy and grow 6 inch tall in 6 weeks.” Sounds familiar?
It is a matter of shame to Ayurvedic system of medicine that a few people are resorting to tall claims to sell their products / services. In this regard, the Ayurvedic physician should take precaution and care.
He should hold responsibility
– to avoid making any tall claims.
– to alert his patients against such products / treatments.
A part of the blame also goes to public. few people have blind belief in Ayurveda that Ayurveda can cure any and all diseases. They insist doctors to treat for unbelievable results. For example, growing tall in a few weeks time, gaining muscle mass and losing fat in 30 days etc. Insisting patients may tempt the doctor to treat the disease which he can not cure (or improve).
This ultimately is causing suffering to the patients. They are losing their money, they lose the faith in Ayurveda. Ultimately, the total system of Ayurveda gets blamed, for the fault of a few. Patients have to realise that if some advertise claim sounds too good to be true, then it surely is false.
In another view point, patients have the right to demand for the treatment for their disease. Ultimately, it is the duty of the Ayurvedic physician to explain the limitations of Ayurvedic treatment in that particular disease.
The physician should take the responsibility to propagate the knowledge of Ayurveda. He should educate patients that, in a few disease conditions, Allopathy has better treatment options than Ayurveda. It does not mean that Ayurveda is weak or Ayurveda does not have any successful treatment approaches.
But in a few diseases, when we know that better treatment options exist in other systems of medicine, the Ayurvedic doctor should be broad minded enough to educate the patient about it and refer him to suitable doctor.
I have seen allopathic pediatricians referring children with recurrent allergic rhinitis patients to Ayurvedic physicians. It is high time for Ayurvedic doctors to reciprocates.
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