Ayurveda FAQ

How does Ayurvedic Medicine work?

Ayurvedic Medicine is a holistic medical system which is utilized to find and address the root cause of an illness and to promote longevity.  Each individual has a unique constitution made up of universal biological energies, or doshasVata, Pitta, and Kapha, which are made up of the elements space and air (Vata), fire (Pitta), and water and earth (Kapha).  The balance of these three doshas according to the unique constitution of the individual is vital in maintaining the health of the body and when out of balance, disease occurs.

An Ayurvedic practitioner determines the individual, natural constitution of a patient by assessing his/her dominant biological energies.  Based on the individual’s constitution, lifestyle and diet recommendations can be made that are essential in balancing the doshas.  Furthermore, an assessment of how the imbalance of the doshas has affected specific tissues (dhatus) and channels (srotas) of the body is carried out.  Recommendations regarding potential therapies (such as Ayurvedic massage), herbal remedies, breathing exercises (Pranayama), and mental and physical exercises focus on rebalancing the doshas, dhatus, and srotas.

Additionally, of primary importance is ensuring that the digestion of the individual is also balanced since improper digestion signifies that the tissues, or dhatus, of the body will be imbalanced and cause illness in the body.  An Ayurvedic practitioner can recognize the preliminary symptoms of poor digestion as well as its later stages and work with the patient to strengthen it, thereby strengthening all the tissues and doshas of the body.  This process sets the patient on the path to health.

What conditions can Ayurvedic Medicine address?

Ayurvedic Medicine recognizes illnesses in a different manner than they are in the West with allopathic medicine.  Therefore, not all illnesses as recognized by Ayurvedic Medicine will have a direct correlate with an illness as defined by allopathic medicine.  However, all illnesses can be assessed in an Ayurvedic manner.  Ayurvedic Medicine may help to address a variety of injuries and illnesses from acute to chronic.  Ayurvedic Medicine also recognizes stages in illness and their manifestation.  More serious illnesses in their later stages take more time to address.

What should I expect in an Ayurvedic Medicine session?

An initial Ayurvedic Medicine session includes an intake determining your constitution, medical history, lifestyle regiment, and where and how the body and/or mind is imbalanced.  An Ayurvedic practitioner uses pulse assessment, tongue examination, and intake questions to assess your constitution and state of imbalance.  Further sessions focus on implementing appropriate, fundamental lifestyle and diet changes and creating a comprehensive, individualized therapeutic plan to address your particular concerns.

When was Ayurvedic Medicine developed?

Ayurvedic Medicine is an ancient medical system that was discovered about 5,000 years ago in what is now present-day India.  Ayurvedic Medicine was developed by sages of the time who drew on intuitive wisdom in explaining the body and its components and the way to health and wholesomeness in being.  Discoveries such as the skin consists of six layers have only recently been validated by experiment-based scientific research.

People from all different backgrounds- Chinese, Greek, Roman, Persian- came to India to study Ayurvedic Medicine.  Around 2,000 years ago the classical texts which are still utilized as the core of Ayurved teachings by students, professors, and doctors alike today were drafted.  Today there is a significant amount of research performed concerning the modern application of Ayurved by students pursuing their Ph.D. in India.

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