A question emerges usually soon after a client purchases Ayurveda products. Has it got any side-effect? Side-effect is the secondary, typically undesirable effect of a drug or medical treatment is known as the side effect.
When we know that around 114 people end up in the Australian hospitals with permanent liver damage due to the Panadol (paracetamol) side effects, this question becomes very relevant.
Side-effects became a common and major issue with the introduction of molecule based drugs. Especially, single molecule based drugs. When this type of drugs was introduced they had proven and accepted side effects. When a molecule is removed from its biological environment, it generated a good-effect along with some bad-effects.
Remember a product Vioxx was banned after its side effect started killing people in Australia while it was effectively used for killing the symptoms of arthritis?
But, we are not concerned about the side effect of toast or salad. Ice cream, pies, and other food items are not attacked with the side-effect-question for the same reason. Because they don't have any side effects, as they are natural and nature's own poly-molecular compounds. In other words, none of these food items are based on a man-handled single molecule.
A biochemistry scientist once told me that any given leaf or plant part can have over 5,000 different natural phytochemicals or molecules. So, with your breakfast and dinner, you are eating tens of thousands of different molecules. Of course they are all traditionally processed, still with their natural therapeutic empowering effects. So, we don't think or talk about side-effects, and never suffer from side effects.
Please remember that the effect of overuse, underuse or abuse are different topics here. So are the allergies and sensitivities. They are not side-effects.
What about Ayurvedic products?
Ayurveda uses natural materials such as plant and food ingredients to make potent medicines. It has an extended kitchen to make these ingredients into medicines though drying, grinding, boiling and fermenting. There are exceptions where certain ingredients are heated at 300-800 degree centigrade in air-tight ceramic and clay pots.
Natural products and natural processing methods. Just like food, Ayurvedic products are poly-molecular and containing nature's phyto-molecular integrity. Hence, safe when used according to your practitioner's advise, at the right dose and frequency.
Apart from this, Ayurveda has strict guidelines on purity, safety and efficacy right from the process of herb collection. The final product is tested vigorously to make sure each product is all about 100% wellness.
Visit an Ayurveda pharmacy such as Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala.