Homeopathy vs. Ayurveda: Is there a difference?

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    The modern world may be heading fast toward the advanced western medicine system but it cannot replace the herbal and natural healthcare systems. People worldwide continue to use them because of their proven benefits and lack of harmful side-effects.
    Two of the major alternative forms of medicines are homeopathy and Ayurveda. Despite being in the same category, both of them have vast differences. Let us take a closer look at them.

    Homeopathy’s Definition and Principles

    German physician Samuel Hahnemann discovered and developed Homeopathy. His theory is based on the principle of like cures like. According to the principle, a substance that causes a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat the same set of symptoms in people who are ill.
    The word homeopathy itself is a definition. Homeo originates from a Greek word, which means similar or like and pathy also has its origin in Greek, which means disease. In Homeopathy, every individual is unique and hence, the remedies are also different for each patient. Homeopathy believes in treating the patient and curing the disease, rather than focusing on the symptoms separately.

    Ayurveda’s Definition and Principles

    Ayurveda focuses on the balance between the mental and physical state of a person. It is one of the oldest holistic healing systems. The word has origin in the Sanskrit language. The word Ayur means life and the term Veda means knowledge.
    As per the Ayurvedic principles, everyone has a Prakruti which means character. The character is decided by three bodily energies that are known as doshas. These doshas are respectively called Pitta, Vata, and Kapha.

    Difference between Homeopathy and Ayurveda


    Difference between Homeopathy and Ayurveda
    Difference between Homeopathy and Ayurveda

    Both these systems of healing incorporate natural remedies and solutions for treatment. They both believe in gently treating the patients and they both also believe in an individualized approach towards the patients. However, there are still many differences between homeopathy and Ayurveda. We have made a list of the same below:


    • Origin of Homeopathy and Ayurveda
    • Healing process of Homeopathy and Ayurveda
    • Homeopathy and Ayurveda in relation to Allopathy
    • Substances used in Homeopathy and Ayurveda
    • Toxicity in Homeopathy and Ayurveda
    • Side-effects of Homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicines

    Origin of Homeopathy and Ayurveda

    Samuel Hahnemann discovered homeopathy in the 18th century whereas Ayurveda has been around since the 4th century. Followers of Ayurveda believe that it was taught by the god of Ayurveda, Dhanvantari. The main classical text says that the transfer of knowledge had originated from God to sages, and finally, to the human physicians of the time.
    Homeopathy is comparatively much recent in comparison with Ayurveda. Even then, it gained popularity across the world very quickly and is being used by millions worldwide.

    Healing process of Homeopathy and Ayurveda

    Homeopathic medicines tend to be useful after an illness sets in. They don’t treat the symptoms, they work on healing the person’s inner defenses and making the person stronger so that the body itself is capable of fighting the disease.
    Ayurveda, on the other hand, believes in strengthening the body in advance. It promotes balance and wellbeing of all aspects of a person’s body.

    Homeopathy and Ayurveda in relation to Allopathy

    Homeopathic doctors do not support allopathic treatments at all. They want you to avoid them at all costs possible. According to homeopathic practitioners, allopathy actually interferes with homeopathic treatment and makes the medicines inefficient. Ayurveda and ayurvedic doctors, on the other hand, actually compliment the allopathic treatments.

    Substances used in Homeopathy and Ayurveda

    All the substances used in the preparation of homeopathic medicines are natural and sourced from nature directly. Dilution of various plants, synthetic materials, and mineral substances takes place in distilled water or alcohol.
    Meanwhile, the substances used in the preparation of Ayurvedic are slightly different than the ones in homeopathic remedies. Various herbs, minerals, and other animal products such as milk and bones to make make the medicines.

    Toxicity in Homeopathy and Ayurveda

    The use of toxic materials in homeopathic medicines is extremely rare. Whereas, in Ayurvedic remedies, sometimes, a small amount of toxic materials are incorporated. Materials such as lead, mercury, and arsenic are some of the toxic substances in these medicines.

    Side-effects of Homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicines

    Homeopathic medicines are basically harmless. When taken in the adequate amount, under proper guidance, homeopathy does not have any side effects on the patients taking them. This is one of the best advantages of using homeopathic treatment for healing.
    Although Ayurveda has some side-effects, they are very rare and rather mild in comparison with allopathy. Hence, since both these branches of medicines are safe to use and thousands of people in India as well as outside India use them.

    Why is it important to know the difference between Homeopathy and Ayurveda?

    Recently there has been a rise in the confusion between the 2 branches of medicines. It is important to know and understand the difference between Homeopathy and Ayurveda to avoid such misconceptions. It is also important to use the treatment which is best suitable to individual patients and should be taken into consideration accordingly.
    Did you like reading this blog? You might be interested in another blog we posted some time ago which compares and tells you what is better between homeopathy and allopathy.

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