Ayurvedic medicines

While Ayurvedic medicines can offer numerous benefits when used correctly, there are several reasons to exercise caution when purchasing them over the counter. 


One of the most critical concerns with over-the-counter Ayurvedic medicines is the potential presence of heavy metals. Some traditional Ayurvedic preparations contain these metals, which can be toxic when ingested in large quantities. 


Another reason is that over-the-counter products may not adhere to strict quality control measures, which can lead to inconsistencies in ingredients and dosages. This lack of standardization can make it challenging to predict the effectiveness or safety of the product. 


Ayurvedic medicines are highly individualized, and what works for one person may not work for another. Over-the-counter products typically lack personalized guidance from a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, making it difficult to determine the correct dosage, duration and timing of use. This can result in inadequate results or even side effects, in some cases. 


Ayurvedic medicines that you should not consume from the counter 


It is always best to get medicines from an Ayurvedic doctor who prepares them. Here are some of the medicines that you must avoid purchasing from the counter:  


  • Avipatti Churna 


Avipatti Churna is traditionally used to treat digestive issues and acidity. However, some commercial versions of this remedy may not contain the authentic ingredients.  

Trvrit, an ingredient of Avipatti Churna is mostly substituted with another herb – Murva. The original Avipatti Churna is lost in ‘transaction.’ 


  • Shilajit 

Shilajit is a prized Ayurvedic resin known for its rejuvenating properties. Unfortunately, most of the Shilajit available on the market today may not be genuine. 


To ensure you’re getting real Shilajit, it is best to purchase from trusted sources and verify the product’s authenticity. 


  • Any medicine with Ashwagandha as the ingredient 

Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic herb that helps manage stress, improve energy levels, and promote overall well-being.  


However, improper use or overconsumption of Ashwagandha can lead to serious metabolic issues. 


  • Sitopaladi Churna 

Sitopaladi Churna is a well-known remedy for respiratory and immune support.  


However, in most cases, the ingredient Vamshalochana (bamboo manna) is chemically produced and added. It is extremely harmful for your gut. 


  • Any medicine with Shatavari as an ingredient 

It can cause menstrual or reproductive issues if taken without prescription.  


Ayurvedic medicines are easily available everywhere today! Exercise caution when you take something just because it is “herbal.” 


When it comes to Ayurvedic medicines, it is essential to seek guidance from a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who can assess your individual needs, provide personalized recommendations and ensure that the medicines you use are safe and of high quality. Remember, your health is too precious to take chances. 

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