With the modernization and push from the government of India, we see two streams of practice in Ayurveda. First is the traditional Nadi Vaidyas and the other is modern B.A.M.S. educated practitioners. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the difference and tell you who’s suited for your specific condition.
Nadi Vaidyas (Customized Ayurveda)
These are the traditional practitioners of Ayurveda. Their main focus is always Nadi Parikshan (pulse reading). With the help of Nadi Parikshan (pulse reading), these Vaidyas can easily find out about the disease even without asking. This helps them to understand the state of one’s body as well as disease.
The basic principle of Ayurveda: Ayurveda treats the host or cause of ailment. It treats two bodies differently even when the underlying disease may be the same.
B.A.M.S. (Ready-made Ayurveda)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) is a degree in Ayurvedic medicine imagined along the lines of an M.B.B.S. This degree was started so as to give students who are interested in pursuing a career in Ayurveda.
If you don’t know a B.A.M.S. has to study both Allopathy and Ayurveda. This gives them a worldview that is quite akin to Allopathy i.e. they practice Ayurveda much the same way as Allopathy i.e. prescribing medicine for a certain ailment without considering the cause (host).
The basic principle of Allopathy: Allopathy treats the symptoms. The same type of drugs is prescribed for a disease without considering who is the host and what are the causes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is suitable for you?
These type of Vaidyas don’t just prescribe Ayurvedic medicine, but also encourage the patient to change their lifestyle (Yoga, Vaastu, Astrology, etc.), their eating habits, their diet, etc. All of these things are needed to be mended to cure chronic diseases.
On the other hand, if you have an acute disease like fever, flu, typhoid, etc. Then going to the B.A.M.S. practitioner is better. Though this doesn’t mean that a B.A.M.S. doctor can’t cure chronic disease or vice-versa. These are just general recommendations.
Simply, if you want to experience real and traditional Ayurveda then you should go to a well-respected Nadi Vaidya and if you prefer evidence-based medicine then a B.A.M.S. doctor will be suitable for you.