Ayurvedic Medicine

A traditional holistic system of India. It has been acknowledged as the world’s oldest system of health care and the most ancient and holistic. It aims for well being (constitutional) analysis, pulse diagnosis, tongue and other techniques to determine appropriate treatment. Advice on suitable diet, exercise for your constitutional type and daily routine are prescribed. Also, Ayurvedic herbal and mineral remedies and other treatments (e.g. Shirodhara, Snehana & Svedana) may be recommended to maximise the healing process and improve general well being.

Ayurvedic consultation consists of Mind-Body Type Test, Indian Head Massage, Indian Foot Massage and Ayurvedic herbs.

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Your doshas can become imbalanced for many reasons, but two crucial areas that can make significant improvements to your mental and physical wellbeing are: A diet of fresh unprocessed foods, ideally prepared daily, and suitable to your dosha type. Following practical, daily routines for cleansing, elimination, water intake, sleep and exercise. Ayurveda can show us how to restore balance in ALL areas of our lives.

When should an Ayurvedic Practitioner be consulted?

You can consult a practitioner at any time whether sick or not. If you are in a state o imbalance, a customised Ayurvedic treatment plan can be advised. If you feel basically healthy then you can be advised on how to keep your body in a balanced and optimised state and according to your prakriti be told in what ways your body may react if the balance is not kept.

How much time does it take to feel the effects of Ayurvedic preparations, dietary advice and life style changes?

Typically it takes one week to six weeks according to the individual body type to feel the effect of Ayurvedic preparations, dietary advice and life style changes. In chronic cases it takes longer to balance the doshas, but you should feel changes in symptoms, physical and emotional changes or improvement within that timeframe. After every consultation gradually you should feel improvement – the lessening of symptoms and improvements in vitality and energy, texture of skin and appearance.

What are the Ayurvedic remedies made from?

Ayurvedic preparations are made from a combination of many herbs and minerals. Traditional Ayurvedic herbs are those native to the Indian subcontinent. The herbs are formulated and prepared according to your needs after consultation.Generally they are from the whole plant, not an extract, and are in a powdered form for maximum assimilation by the digestive system. They are taken mixed with a suitable anupana – such as honey, milk, water (hot, warm or cold), juice, ghee etc, which helps to activate and assists the absorption of the preparation into the body.

Are there any side effects to Ayurvedic medicine and treatments?

Changing your diet and daily regime to suit your dosha type may take some time to adjust to, if it is quite a bit different to what you have done in the past. With Ayurvedic preparations, generally there are no side effects when they are taken as advised, under the guidance of your practitioner – however occasionally some discomfort or nausea may be felt as the herbs take effect and the body is adjusting. This can be alleviated by taking certain foods or juice after the preparations, or in some instances adjusting the dosage. Often, discomfort is a result of weak digestion and a build up of ama (toxins), hence treatment is also focused on strengthening the digestive system along with any other imbalances.Ayurvedic medicine has many positive effects; it can indirectly help with other conditions apart from the one being treated. This is because the herbs have been chosen due to fundamental principles of your body and its dosha imbalance, which can manifest in a variety of symptoms.

How is Ayurvedic body type dietary advice different from the blood group type diet?

The Ayurvedic diet is based on your body type and your individual needs whereas the blood group type diet is based on your blood type. The Ayurvedic diet can be adjusted according to your state of health, the season, your stage of life, any imbalances due to the fluctuations of the different elements in your body; whereas the blood group diet will always remain the same in any condition. Eg. Your blood group might indicate that eating meat is very good for you. But in the case of an illness such as jaundice, your body is too weak to digest this kind of heavy food. In an Ayurvedic diet this is taken into consideration and the right kind of diet and foods will be prescribed to you to support your digestive system and your wellbeing.

How is Ayurvedic body type dietary advice different from Western nutritional advice?

The Ayurvedic diet is based on your body type and your individual needs whereas Western nutritional advice is based on assessing and correcting the nutritional deficiencies of your body.

In Ayurveda, correcting any deficiencies takes into account your constitutional type, the nutritional content of the food and your ability to absorb its nutrients. It stresses that some foods are not suitable for some body types or certain health problems. Eg. Vata types are aggravated by cold foods and drinks and gas producing foods such as kidney beans. They are balanced by warm foods such as soups, warm drinks, spicy foods and ginger.Eg. A person suffering from a skin allergy or eczema would be advised to abstain from citrus, sour, spicy and salty food. Eg. When a person is suffering from diarrhea, the Western nutritional approach may advise the patient to eat more meat to recover from the iron deficiency, whereas in Ayurveda we understand that in such a weak state, the body’s system would not cope digesting a heavy food such as meat. Instead foods with the same nutritional values to the body but which are easier to digest, would be advised.

How does Ayurveda work for beauty and skin care?

We have formulated a number of Ayurvedic products and preparations for internal consumption as well as for external application, which are beneficial for both men and women in promoting radiance in the skin, hair and nails. For dry skin, I have preparations which help to increase the production of mucilaginous substances in the body, balance the lubricants of the skin, and detoxify the internal channels, resulting in softer more supple skin. Vata balancing oils are also helpful for dry skin. According to the Ayurvedic concept, dry skin conditions are due to vata imbalance in the digestive tract. So all the internal preparations given are primarily for balancing vata.

Often your beauty is enhanced through the taking of Ayurvedic preparations which were prescribed for another condition but have an indirect effect on the skin, hair and nails.

Can Ayurvedic medicine be taken at the same time as orthodox prescribed medicine?

In my experience to date I have not seen side effects occurring as a result of taking Ayurvedic medicine alongside orthodox medicine. You may find over time you are able to gradually reduce the dosage of your pharmaceutical medicine, as your body comes back into balance through Ayurvedic treatment. This would need to be done under the guidance of your Medical Practitioner, and depends on the specific condition being treated.

Can Ayurvedic medicine help after a course of orthodox medicine has been taken?

According to individual needs Ayurvedic medicine can help to alleviate the after effects of orthodox medicine, in conjunction with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle changes recommended.

What kinds of health problems can Ayurveda help with?

According to Ayurveda, many diseases arise as a result of dosha imbalance, so bringing your doshas back into balance according to your constitutional type, through the use of dietary and lifestyle modifications and Ayurvedic herbs, can result in reduction or elimination of many disease symptom.