What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
Ayurvedic medicine (meaning "science of life") is an ancient
holistic system of health and healing that focuses on the
interconnectedness of the mind and body with nature. Its goal is to
attain proper balance with nature for each individual through means of
appropriate foods and lifestyle, seeking the soundness of the mind, body
and spirit. In its attempt to create a balance with nature, Ayurvedic
Medicine can be seen as both preventative and curative care.
The first question an Ayurvedic physician asks is not 'What
disease does my patient have?' but 'Who is my patient?'" explains Deepak
Chopra, M.D, "He does not mean your name, but how you are constituted.
"Constitution refers to the overall health profile of the individual,
including strengths and susceptibilities. The subtle and often intricate
identification of a person's constitution is the first critical step in
the process. Once established, it becomes the foundation for all
Ayurvedic medicine is founded on the concept of three metabolic body
types, or doshas, which are:
VATA BODY TYPE
According to Dr. Chopra, the primary characteristic of the Vata metabolic type is changeability. Unpredictability and
variability in size, shape, mood, and action-is the Vata trademark. Vata energy fluctuates, with jagged peaks and valleys.
The Pitta metabolic body type is relatively predictable. The
Pitta person is of medium build, strength and endurance.
"The basic theme of the Kapha metabolic type is relaxed," says Dr. Chopra. The Kapha body type is solid, heavy, and strong.
Can it help me?
When the doshas are balanced in accordance with and
individual's constitution, the result is vibrant health and energy. But
when the delicate balance is disturbed, the body becomes susceptible to
outside stressors, which may range from viruses and bacteria to poor
nutrition and overwork. Imbalance in the
doshas is the first sign that
mind and body are not perfectly coordinated, notes Dr. Chopra. He points
out that once people understand the characteristics and qualities
ascribed to their body types, they can take appropriate measures,
through changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment, to restore
balance, which will prevent disease and ensure continued good health.
THE THREE DOSHAS
Although each person's metabolic type is determined by a
predominant dosha, all three
doshas are present in varying degrees in
every cell, tissue, and organ of the body.
Is motion that activates the physical system and allows the
body to breathe and circulate blood. The seats of the Vata are large intestine, pelvic cavity, bones, skin, ears, and
The metabolism, processes food, air, and water and is
responsible for charging the hundreds of enzymatic activities throughout
the body. The seats of Pitta are the small intestine, stomach, sweat
glands, blood, skin, and eyes.
The structure of bones, muscle, and fat that hold the body
together, offers nourishment and protection. For example, the chest, the
lungs, and the spinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord are the seats of Kapha in the body.
Does it hurt?
Only you know for yourself how you feel mentally, physically
and spiritually. Consulting with the doctor and being honest by
answering the questions truthfully on your profile, and having regular
follow-up to find out the proper lifestyle, diet, exercise, and what
ever else Dr. Eddy might recommend to get you in good harmony and
balance for the prevention of stress, and or pain could not hurt, but
SO GET BALANCED AND HAVE HARMONY
Is it safe?
Ayurveda defines health as a soundness and balance between body, mind,
and soul, and an equilibrium between the
doshas. According to Ayurvedic
medicine, here are seven major factors that can disrupt physiological
harmony-genetic, congenital, internal, external trauma; seasonal,
natural tendencies or habits; and magnetic and electrical influences.
How long does it
After initial profile and any tests that Doctor might need
to perform, it depends on how well you stick to your individual program
plan designed for you. Follow-up is one of the most essential things, to
keep track of progress that is made or lets you and the doctor know if
your program needs adjustments.
How much does it cost?
The cost can only be determined after a pre-consultation is performed.