Many Ayurvedic materials have
not been fully studied. Ayurvedic medicines are regulated as dietary supplements in
the U.S. They are not regulated as medicines. So they are not required to meet the
same safety standards as conventional medicines. Some Ayurvedic medicines contain
herbs, metals, minerals, or other materials. These can be harmful if not used
correctly. Some Ayurvedic medicines may also contain toxic materials. These include
lead, arsenic, and mercury. In addition, any herb, mineral, or metal used in this
type of treatment may work against Western medicines.
Talk with your healthcare
provider before using any Ayurvedic treatment. This is even more important if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are thinking of using Ayurvedic therapy to treat a
- Have ongoing health conditions
- Are an older adult
- Take prescription medicines
Any diagnosis of a disease or condition should be made by a healthcare provider
with conventional medical training. The provider should also have a lot of experience
managing that disease or condition.
Some studies show that Ayurveda
can have positive effects for certain conditions when used with standard,
conventional medical care. But it should not replace standard medical care. This is
even more important if you have a serious health condition. Or if you are from a
high-risk group such as those listed above.
Tell all of your healthcare providers (conventional or
complementary) about the health approaches, supplements, and medicines you use. This
will give them a full picture of your health. It will help ensure safe, effective,
and coordinated care.