Ayurvedic nutrition, herbs & lifestyle changes: what’s in it for me?
Why should I go for it?
- If you are tired of combating symptoms and diseases
- If you want to approach your health and wellbeing systemically
- If you have a proactive attitude and want to introduce sustainable changes into your life
- If you prefer to work on root causes rather than getting a temporary quick fix
then Ayurveda might be the right method for you.
Which problems can be addressed?
Multiple chronic conditions are successfully addressed by the Ayurvedic method, which includes adjustments in diet and lifestyle and taking medicinal herbs. Here are a few examples:
|aches and pains||hormonal imbalances|
|allergies and intolerances||insomnia|
|autoimmune diseases||panic attacks|
|digestive problems||stress-related problems|
|fatigue||women's health issues|
How does it work?
The main concept is that every person is born with a unique constitution that is called Prakruti in Sanskrit. In the first approximation, you can think of it as a certain combination of genes, although the concept of Ayurvedic constitution is broader than that. This “constitution at birth” (Prakruti) represents the balanced state (this is a simplified model, so we are not talking about congenital diseases here). Due to multiple factors and events, the person’s state can deviate from the original balance and become imbalanced; this imbalanced state is called Vikruti in Sanskrit. The aim of all Ayurvedic manipulations is to restore the original balanced state from the imbalanced.
How does it work in practice?
During the initial consultation, you will be asked questions about your complaints, medical history, food habits, digestion, lifestyle etc. Traditional methods of diagnosis, such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, will also be used. The practitioner will establish a working hypothesis about the nature and origins of your imbalance and offer you a treatment plan.
You will receive a concise nutritional plan and lifestyle recommendations. You will also receive a herbal mix or an individual herb that you will need to take for several months. After the initial consultation, it will take you some time to introduce the suggested changes into your daily routine. It is recommended to have a follow-up consultation in about 1.5-2 months to see how you respond to the treatment and to adjust it if needed. In the meantime there is a possibility to ask questions via e-mail.
This is a complementary approach, so you will never be asked to stop any medication you are currently on. In the course of treatment it may happen that you no longer need it or need smaller doses, but that you would then discuss with your conventional healthcare provider.
Although the results might be seen after a few days of taking herbs and introducing changes in diet and lifestyle, this is not a quick fix: the real goal is to gradually restore balance. Ayurveda offers a sustainable method that works on root causes rather than on symptoms, with long-term wellbeing in mind.
What is Ayurvedic medicine?
“Ayush” means “life” and “Veda” means “science / knowledge” in Sanskrit.
Ayurveda (prounounced as “EYE – oor – VAY – duh”) is an Indian medical system that has been in use for several thousand years. The foundations of multiple modern therapies, including surgery, are rooted in Ayurveda. Ayurveda gives one a very elegant, logical and practical way of viewing reality.
Ayurveda provides a bird’s eye view of human health and wellbeing in the context of the environment. It takes into account the whole person, with their individual traits and circumstances, rather than reducing diseases to the physical body parts out of context. This offers a truly personalised approach to patients.
The main Ayurvedic approaches include changing diet, lifestyle, using herbs and special therapies including Ayurvedic oil massage. There is a large emphasis on prevention and on sustainable management of chronic conditions in Ayurveda.