Ayurveda, meaning “the science of life” is a healing system native to India. It uses a range of treatments, including panchakarma (‘five actions’), yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine, to encourage health and wellbeing.
Ayurvedic is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 5,000 years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Its main goals are to prevent disease, to encourage wellbeing and to promote longevity. Central to Ayurveda is the concept of doshas, three fundamental bio-elements that are present in a person’s body. The theory is that health exists when there is a balance between the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
One of the key understandings of Ayurveda is that everything around us is connected. This includes our bodies, our health and the universe. Using these principles, physicians can then individually prescribe certain treatments, herbs, exercise and lifestyle changes that can target illnesses. Ayurveda places a huge emphasis on personalised treatments and considers all elements of your life when discovering the source of an illness.
What are the benefits Ayurveda?
As a healing system, there are many benefits to Ayurveda. This includes strengthening immunity, prevention of disease pathology, improving the digestive capacity and elimination of wastes. It can nourish the nervous system, thereby reducing anxiousness and stress.
Ayurveda can strengthen bones and encouraging healthy nails and hair. People also experience improvement in their ability to sleep easily and deeply, and overall improvement in sense of well-being and balance.
What does a typical Ayurveda session look like?
Initial consultations usually last an hour or more. You will likely be asked about your diet, lifestyle, and mental and emotional states. You may also be asked for a detailed medical history. The practitioner may check pulse and tongue readings or other forms of body examinations.
The analysis will help diagnose the root cause of your dosha imbalance and allow the practitioner to create a treatment plan specifically designed for you. Treatment plans may include advice optimal diet, daily routine, seasonal routine, exercise regimen, herbal supplements, massage, yoga, meditations or counselling.
They may also prescribe some common treatments such as: Panchakarma – a “five-action” cleansing of the body to reduce toxic materials left by poor nutrition and disease, Shirodhara – running a stream of warm liquid on the forehead, for diseases connected with the eye, nose, nervous system, head and neck or Nasya – cleaning out the nose with medicated powders or liquids to clear the channels in the head and neck.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
You may wish to meet with a certified Ayurveda, especially when you are first getting started with Ayurveda or if you have specific issues you would like to address. To help the public find trained Ayurvedic professionals, The Ayurvedic Professionals Association (APA) provide a list of members who have completed training in Ayurveda.