Fact: (Indian Sanskrit) - Life (‘ayur’) knowledge (‘veda’)
Founded: 5000 years ago in India.
Therapy Type: Natural Medicine
WHAT EXACTLY IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is possibly the most ancient of all medical systems. Due to Ayurveda’s use of broad techniques, involving alternative and conventional medicine, it is often termed as the mother of healing methods. The technique is non-invasive and the teachings intend to highlight to the followers how to create and support harmony between the body and mind, supporting the belief of prevention of disease. This is established through gentle exercise, herbal remedies, physical treatments and a balanced diet, due to these teachings Ayurveda is generally considered a philosophy and way of life.
The belief of Ayurveda lies with the joining of the life forces; vata, pitta and kapha, the three elements or doshas, which determine the mental and physical processes of the body. However the foundation of this philosophy, is the principle of an individual’s distinctive creation at conception, termed; prakruti. It is believed that when all the three doshas are in harmony, wellbeing within the body is sustained. Disparity between these doshas results in disease and ill health.
Doshas each have distinctive and important roles to maintain, for the body to remain in good health. Vata determines physical movement of each body part and also controls movement within the mind, which results in how we think, feel and breathe. Digestion and how we absorb and utilize the nutrients in our food is influenced by Pitta. Pitta also has a role in the way we digest and comprehend, view and understand our own thoughts and feelings. Kapha however is thought to be responsible for our strength, structure and our stability, whilst it also supports the memory’s capacity to preserve information and repair the body, such as; the suppleness and flexibility of the joints.
Ayurvedic medicine may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
The initial consultation could last up to two hours whereas follow-up treatments can be from 60-90 minutes.
The basic diagnosis used within Ayurvedic medicine is known as the three-point diagnosis and involves detailed observations by the therapist of your appearance, an examination also takes place through a therapists sense of touch, and a detailed questionnaire about your life and health, which commonly includes the taking of pulses and an examination of the face and tongue. The eyes and the fingernails are two other areas that are examined and used for diagnostic purposes. In addition urine and blood samples may be needed as another means of evaluation, often to establish a deeper understanding of the client’s condition.
These examinations aid the practitioner in understanding which Dosha the client is and to subsequently determine a personal treatment program. The program will include dietary changes, stress management, herbal preparations, oil/herbal massages, color and crystal/gem therapies, yoga postures, meditation practices, breathing exercises, aromatherapy and in depth detoxification.
The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to determine any dis-ease held within the body but to additionally, maintain and harmonize the energy and wellbeing in mind and body. To achieve this the therapist encourages the individual to be responsible for their own healing, the practitioner supports the client in participating in and maintaining healthy lifestyle regimes. The individual needs to continue the healing process at home, focusing on their lifestyle and dietary changes, to aid the healing process. The practitioner will advise you on approximately how many sessions you may need, during your initial appointment, this is dependent however on the determination of your condition. Individuals often continue to use Ayurveda combining it as part of their lifestyle long after they have been treated as way to continue good health and wellbeing and to prevent further problems.
Ayurvedic medicine is beneficial to people of all ages due to the holistic nature and philosophy of treating the root cause of symptoms.
It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as The New Zealand Ayurvedic Association (NZAA).
Ayurvedic practitioners are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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