Best Ayurvedic hospitals in India

  • There are 65 NABH accredited Ayurveda hospitals in India
  • Ayurveda hospitals in India come under the purview of AYUSH central ministry
  • BAMS is the name of degree given by the universities in India to Ayurveda doctors
  • Doctors in Italy, UK, Germany can study Ayurveda as part of post graduate education

Best Ayurvedic hospitals in India

This article is written by Dr Padmakumar on 22 Feb 2020

India is the home of Ayurveda. It is an ancient medical system that dates back to more than 5000 years. Ayurveda is now famous all over the world.

Many Ayurvedic hospitals have come up in recent times. It is a challenge to find the best Ayurvedic hospital for your treatment. But, we have a checklist which will help you to find the right hospital. 

There are many common myths related to Ayurveda now. Let us first look at these myths and the facts about these in detail.

Myths about Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic centers are for massages: Nothing can be farther from the truth! Some of the so-called "Ayurveda health resorts" have created this bad image.

They have spas, which are only for massages. However, that also goes under the name of Ayurvedic treatments in their centers. It would be best if you are not going for treatment in such places.

  • The Ayurvedic treatment takes a long time to cure: There is some truth behind this point. However, you have to know that Ayurveda is different. Here, the treatment does not just cover your body alone. Instead, the focus here is on addressing body, mind, and spirit as a whole.

The aim is to treat the patient and not just the disease. So, it may take a bit more time. Also, many people look at Ayurveda as the last step after all other medicines have failed. Here, since the disease is in the advanced stages, the curing or reversal will naturally take more time. 

  • Ayurvedic medicines are homemade and have no side effects: This is not true. These medicines may also have side effects like any other medicine. You have to consult a doctor first.

Another common myth is that anyone can make Ayurvedic medicines. It is not true as Ayurvedic companies have to get a proper license from the state.

Ayurveda has some homemade remedies for many health issues. Maybe this is the reason behind this myth. It has to be clear that these are not medicines and are only some quick remedies. 

  • Anybody can practice Ayurveda: There were indeed no formal degrees in ancient times. In the current world, only doctors with medical degrees can practice Ayurveda. They study Ayurveda for five years in medical colleges, which are approved by the state. The doctors get a license to treat people only after passing this course.

If you are coming to a proper Ayurveda hospital, you can be sure that you will be meeting a qualified doctor.

  • There is no control over Ayurveda hospitals: As per the laws in India, all hospitals need to have a registration. A license to treat patients will be displayed prominently in all these hospitals. On top of this, there are standards set by organizations like NABH. Hospitals will need to maintain these standards if they are to get NABH certification. 

 

Now, since the myths and facts are clear, let us find the right Ayurveda hospital for your treatment. 

How to choose the best Ayurvedic hospital?

Please note that the below parameters are only indicators that can help you to choose the right hospital.

  • Credibility: Ensure that the hospital is registered and approved by the state. All the registered hospitals will have a license. There are many resorts which are treating patients without a proper permit. These are causing a bad name to Ayurveda in general.
  • Reputation: Check on the internet and with people you know about the hospital. Some hospitals have more than 300 years of tradition behind them. It is fine to trust these hospitals.
  • Certification:  NABH is the top certification for hospitals in India. It is on par with global healthcare standards like JCI. Hospitals have to go through a strict set of standards and guidelines for them to eligible for NABH. So, you can be confident about the services if you are going to a NABH certified hospital.
  • Specialization: There are hospitals specialized for specific treatments. These include treatments for eye, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. It is always good to go to these specialized centers for those treatments. They have special medicines and methods for these conditions. 
  • Doctors:  You have to feel comfortable with the doctor who will be treating you. It is always better if you can talk to the doctor before choosing the hospital.

You can also ask for the profile of the doctors. Make sure that they are qualified and experienced.

Also, it would help if you found out how often the doctor visits the hospital. There are many centers where doctors visit only once or twice a week. It is better to avoid such places.

  • Facilities: You will have to stay in the hospital for 2-3 weeks or even longer in some cases. So, the facilities offered by the hospital makes a big difference. Most of the hospitals will give you the choice of rooms.

The different types of rooms are typically shared, private, and deluxe. In addition to the rooms, look for treatment rooms, open spaces, common areas where you can meet other patients, etc. While internet connectivity is common now, it is always better to check this in advance. Some hospitals have policies regarding the usage of the internet.

  • Location: If you are not feeling well, travel will not be on your priority list. Check about hospital connectivity. It should be easily accessible by flight, road, or rail. 
  • Language: All of the hospitals in India will have staff who can talk in English. If you need translators for other languages, you should check this upfront.
  • Insurance: While all the major Indian insurance companies cover Ayurveda treatment, they may not offer the cashless facility. You will have to check with the hospital and your insurance company for details on this. Some of the foreign insurance companies, like in UAE, have also started covering Ayurvedic treatments.

 

We hope that this article would help you in choosing the right hospital for your treatment. We are always available for any assistance or support to you

This article is written by Dr Padmakumar on 22 Feb 2020

Dr Padmakumar
Dr Padmakumar
BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
Dr Padmakumar is a practising dentist with more than 18 years of experience. His core areas of interest are cosmetic dentistry and endodontics

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