Researching Ayurveda in Modern-day Banaras: Swasthya Vardhak Ayurvedic Centre

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    I found this clinic while walking around Ravindrapuri. Inside, I was able to talk to the manager of this branch of Swasthya Vardhak. He is involved in the marketing and manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicine. He managed to give me insight into the Western perception of Ayurveda. Sounding almost like a commercial for Ayurveda medicine, he was slightly aggressive in trying to convince me that Western medicine is bad and Ayurveda obviously works because of its long history in India.
    Unlike what I found in my other interviews, he said Ayurveda is a way of life for many people in Banaras, and they learn all about it during childhood.

    1. himanshu _shukla 29 months ago | reply

      Respected r.loop you will find a number of systems of medicine like Naturopathy, Homoeopathy, Balneotherapy, Heliotherapy, Allopathy, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Reiki, Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy, etc. This shows that any single system of medicine (like allopathy or other) is not able to manage the all diseases of human beings, therefore these systems are in existence. For example the disease 'sprue' has unknown etiology according to allopathy and thus no treatment but is curable in ayurveda. Similarly post polio paresis, cerebral palsy, cerebral ataxia, arthritis, paralysis are permanently curable diseases in ayurveda. Narcolepsy is managed best in homoeopathy.

      One more difference is related to the side effects the allopathy drugs have potent side effects for example in arthritis if you take 'diclofenac sodium' there is a risk of gastric bleeding but if you take 'simhanad guggulu' which is an ayurvedic medicine you will be relieved and gain the other benefits of rejuvination like black hairs, wrinkle free skin, freshness, enthusiasm, power etc.

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