Is it Safe to take ayurvedic medicine along with Allopathic Medicine

Is it Safe to mix ayurvedic and modern Medicine? Mix Ayurvedic and Modern Medicine? This is the most common question asked by
many patients – can I take ayurvedic medicine along with modern medicine? What will be there side effects, interactions,
and safety concerns. Many people asked this question on our website
and I received several emails. Some commonly asked questions are:
I am a diabetic patient and I am taking antidiabetic medicine. Can I take ayurvedic medicines for piles or
any other disease? I am hypertensive patient. I am taking antihypertensive drugs. Can I take ayurvedic medicine along with antihypertensive
drugs or not? What should I do If I have to take both kinds
of medicines together? Which precautions should I keep if I have
to take both kinds of medicines together? In my opinion, mixing ayurvedic medicine along with
allopathic medicine is not recommendable. Not because they can interact, but because
they work in different ways. Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe ayurvedic
medicines based on Tridosha Theory. Your allopathic medicines may have different
effects on your body and Dosha. For example, most pain killers used in allopathic
medicine increase Pitta Dosha. If you are taking pain killers and also getting
ayurvedic treatment for any disease in which we need to pacify Pitta Dosha then our treatment
may be less effective. However, in some cases, we have observed that
our treatment may reduce gastrointestinal side effects of pain killers. Most of the ayurvedic medicines contain natural
ingredients. Some of them are same ingredients that you
add in your food. Sometimes, the same ingredients are also present
in your food that you eat on daily basis. Does your food interact with allopathic medicine
or not? Not all foodstuff interacts with modern medicine. but a few may have interactions. For example, a banana may interact with ACE
inhibitor because it is high in potassium content. In second case, Grapefruit may also interact
with cholesterol drugs. Similarly, some herbal extracts may interact
with modern medicine. So, you should use them with precaution. For example, curcumin may have some interactions with blood
thinners used in modern medicine. It may increase the tendency of bleeding if
you are taking these two types of medicine together. However, turmeric powder used in ayurveda
and in home remedies may not have similar side effects. Because turmeric powder in natural form is
less potent than curcumin. So, it is much safer than curcumin. The question is – What should I do if I have
to take both kinds of medicines together? The justified answer is: Just keep 3 hours
precautionary gap between ayurvedic medicine and allopathic medicine. It will help you to avoid several side effects
and drug interactions. This should be helpful in most cases. Please note that each medicine has different
pathways of action in your body. So, consult ayurvedic practitioner what can
be done in your case. His advice will be precious to avoid any possible
drug interaction and side effects.

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