Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-30 14:38 There is nothing that is absolutely good or bad for everyone. Anything is good or bad in relation to many factors. This is very true and important thing to observe, especially in health and diseases. Ayurveda, an ancient art and science for a healthy long life, describes this rule very clearly in many instances. It says that there is no material in this world which cannot be used as medicine including the poison, if the user knows how to use it! That is because medicine is nothing but a material or procedure which can correct the imbalances and bring in harmony of structures and functions to carry out their normal activities, resulting in health. Now, Ayurveda also explains that every person is unique by physical and mental constitution and hence will have very different functions and features of cells, organs or systems. Hence, a balanced state or an imbalance in structural or functional units of a person will also be very different in every individual. When there are no similar states of health or disease in individuals, then it is very clear that a single remedy cannot be good or bad for everyone. Instead, it has to be different and unique. That is the whole purpose of writing this article! Yes, this is an effort to tell you all that use of any herb or remedy for long time without properly understanding the individual requirement and differences can do harm at times than acting as medicine for restoring health. For example, consuming neem leaves every day to control diabetes may not be suitable for all diabetic patients if they don’t really need it! Similarly, not every person needs to drink 3-4 liters of water per day but the quantity depends on individual constitution, bowel habits, digestive capacity, health condition and such other factors. One more example: consumption of highly nutritious food is of no use if the person cannot digest and assimilate the nutrients in it! How to understand all these intricate details and decide what is good and bad? Keep learning and observe your body and mind. Moreover, it is better to consult an expert in the field of Ayurveda until you are clear and familiar with the principles and their applications. Author: Dr Prasanna Kakunje has completed his MD in Ayurveda from a century old Government Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore, India in 2005. His specialty is Ayurveda general medicine called as ‘Kaaya Chikitsa’.