Homeopathy and Ayurveda are two parallel lines of treatment. Although they are poles apart from each other in many ways but they are very powerful arms to cure a patient holistically. These treatments have proven to have the power to cure many incurable diseases and are popular all over the world and gradually more and more people are getting inclined to these treatments as besides curing holistically, they are cost effective too. Below given is a comparative analysis of both the streams of treatment.
Meaning of the Terms
The word ‘Homeopathy’ is derived from a Greek words ‘homoios’ meaning ‘like’ and ‘pathos’ meaning ‘suffering’. Homeopathy is therefore based on the theory that the substance which brings out the symptoms in a healthy person has the ability to treat a sick person with the same symptoms as disease.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which is made of two words ‘ayus’ and ‘veda’. ‘Ayus’ in Sanskrit means life and ‘veda’ means knowledge. The term therefore means knowledge of life.
Homeopathy stream of treatment was founded by Samuel Hanemann in Germany in the latter half of the eighteenth century. His research and works were published in two books in 1805 and 1810.
Ayurvedic medicines started in India more than 3500 years ago. It has been mentioned in the Vedas, namely ‘Atharvaveda’. ‘Charaka Samhita’ and ‘Sushruta Samhita’ are the two foundational text books of Ayurveda.
Homeopathy line of treatment is based on the belief that every human being is different from the other. Therefore the medicines given to an individual differ from the other because of the uniqueness of the symptoms of an individual. The remedies are based on the link between all the symptoms of an individual. Homeopathy believes in the ‘vitalist’ philosophy.
Ayurveda on the other hand believes that an individual is made up of five elements. Namely the earth ‘prithivi’, water ‘jal’, fire ‘agni’, air ‘vayu’and space ‘aakaash’. Ayurveda believes that there should be a harmony amongst the three elements in a body, namely the wind, the bile and the phlegm and an individual falls sick because of the imbalance of these.
Homeopathy believes that each individual is different from the other in nature, behavior, stature, choices, susceptibility to the diseases etc. Therefore the medicines that suit a person may differ from the other. Homeopathy treats holistically to cure all the problems of an individual together.
In Ayurveda, the medines are given in a customized way, but the same medicines may suit different people. Different medicines are given for different
Homeopathic medicines have no side effects if these are taken under proper guidance from an experienced doctor. As the medicines are prepared by diluting it with water or alcohol, these are highly safe until these are taken in excess+.
Ayurvedic medicines are made from natural things, therefore they have no side effects. They are very mild on your body.
Thus, we see that although these two lines of treatment are different from each other, but they heal you holistically.