Ayurveda is one of the few systems of medicine developed in ancient times that is still widely practiced in modern times. Balance is the key factor that is emphasised by Ayurveda and is an important aspect that helps in the holistic development of an individual, both in health as well as sickness. The categorical dependence on the main elemental substances; vata, pitta and kapha; illustrate the dire need of identification of the mail cause of the problem prior to suggestion and execution of treatment. Instead of focussing on the superficial symptoms or performing hit and trial, Ayurveda focuses on strict determination or diagnosis, the completion of which can take a longer time period, especially in cases of chronic illness.
Ayurveda believes that the technique of Panchakarma eliminates toxic elements from the body. It is preceded by Poorvakarma as a preparatory step, and is followed by Paschatkarma and Peyadikarma. Detoxification could take from a week to as long as quite a few months, depending on various cases. Then the effects of the medicines could be diverse. For example, the natural medicines work at their highest levels of potency in coastal areas because of the moisture in air as well as on the skin. As a result of moisture in the air, the body pores open, making the body receptive to the herbal oils and therapy. Thus, the time taken for complete cure or relief to an extent completely depends on the state of illness, the body condition and the authenticity and expert treatment provided. The Ayurveda focuses on long term and possible complete cure of the illness rather than to focus on quick or short term relief, hence its bound to take some time.
Along with the diagnosis and the treatment, what might actually lead to severe complications is the delay in the decision to undergo the treatment. And also on the severity of the disease.
But if the medication is provided regularly and the patient is exposed to the advised therapies on time, along with a daily healthy schedule, the recovery might end up being speedy and there would be a visible improvement in a relatively shorter period of time.
So each case is different and unique in its own, and has its own method of cure that could be applied in varied conditions, hence making it difficult to fix a timeline for an ayurvedic treatment.