The difference between Ayurveda and modern medicine is quite simple. Modern medicine treats the symptoms only and Ayurveda treats the entire body as a whole. Each type of medicine has its pros and cons and each person must choose what is best for him or her.
Western medicine, also known as Modern Medicine and Allopathic Medicine, has helped save millions of lives. Through the advancement of science, modern medicine is the perfect tool in cases of trauma and serious illnesses. However, allopathy is a disease care system and its job is to manage the disease. When you walk into a doctor’s office, they will ask you your symptoms, check your temperature and blood pressure, and then write a prescription. That prescription will often come with many side effects and that same prescription will not be a cure, but rather a symptom suppressor. So in reality, most drugs never really take care of the problem.
Ayurveda on the other hand, finds the root cause of the problem and treats the problem and body as a whole, rather than just the symptoms.
When imbalance arises in the physiology is when illness arises. There is always a root cause to any pain, discomfort, and any other types of illnesses. Let’s take headaches for example. There are many root causes in which headache is a symptom. Dehydration and indigestion are just a couple reasons in which headaches can occur. If you go the doctor for a headache, they will not take into consideration your diet, routine, and water intake…they will just give you a painkiller. An Ayurvedic physician will find the root cause of the problem and treat the root cause, rather than the symptom. If indigestion is the root cause of the headache, then the digestion will be addressed first and then the headache. A weak digestion or imbalanced digestion is the root cause of most illnesses.
Ayurveda treats to eliminate the root cause of the disease so that the body is healthy and no symptoms exist. A real cure is a cure that completely eliminates the problem, not just a temporary fix. You have one body for your entire life, so its best to maintain it and treat it well so that it will serve you well.