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Ayruveda Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. What is Ayurveda?
A. Ayurveda( pronounced ('Ah-your-vay-dah') means the "science of life." A natural health system that originated in India over 5,000 years ao, it is the only medical science to focus on each individual client's unique physical, mental, and spiritual balance.

Q. How is Ayurveda different than Western medicine?
A. One major difference is that in Ayurveda, the responsibility for health is fully shared with you, the client. Ayurveda approaches you as a unique person who holds the keys to your own healing.

As a practitioner, I determine your one-of-a-kind constitution as well as your current state of imbalance. And then together we create an individual plan that can guide you back to your personal state of health and wellbeing.

Q. How does Ayurveda work with Western medicine?
A. The two sysytems are often used in a complementary manner. Western doctors are increasingly referring to Ayurvedic practitioners and are studying and incorporating Ayurveda into their practices. A number of the top medical schools in this country are introducing Ayurveda as a complementary alternative system. And Ayurvedic practitioners do not hesitate to refer clients to their Western medical colleagues.

Q. How does an Ayurvedic practitioner determine my needs?
A. Ayurvedic practitioners seek to understand a client's unique constitution through a three part process of encorporating: touch, as in pulse taking; observation, including the tongue, nails, facial features and general body structure; and questioning, including questions about current and lifelong patterns of health and imbalance. This process creates a complete picture of both your  birth constitution and your current imbalances.

Q. How do herbs differ from pharmaceutical products?
A. Herbs work closely with the body's natural energies, helping it regain proper functioning. Herbs may take longer to work, depending on the nature and location of the imbalance.

However, herbs are generally less toxic and are much less apt to have side effects than most pharmaceutical products.

Most important, herbs are not simply used to focus on the symptoms. Through their innate intelligence, they strive to ignite a natural healing response within your own body.

It is not necessary to choose one system or the other. They can work along side each other as wonderful complements.

Q. How soon will I see results?
A. As with everything in Ayurveda….the answer is : “it depends” In this case it depends on how long the imbalance, illness or disease has been developing and also on the strength of the individual. Of course, how well you work with the program will make a large difference, too. Many people start seeing results in 3-4 weeks.

Q. What are some of the therapies that Ayurveda offers?
A. Many healing modalities are used to restore and maintain balance. Therapies for all five senses are employed. Balance is cultivated through food programs, herbs, massage and therapeutic body treatments, aromatherapy, color and sound therapies, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and other lifestyle adjustments.

I like to start slowly with my clients and just introduce 1 or 2 therapies at a time. You get to participate in the process….by developing the skills to listen to what your body is telling you.

Q. Why is food so important?
A. Food is converted into blood in the intestines and this blood is what forms our tissues and organs. Who we are at this moment in time reflects what we have eaten, digested, absorbed and assimilated over the last number of weeks, months and years.

If we have eaten mostly whole foods: foods that are in their natural state, our body knows how to use them as a source of nourishment and energy. Processed, leftover, rancid, stale, preserved and genetically modified foods are confusing to our bodily systems and become the basis of imbalance and disease.

Q. Do I have to eat Indian food all the time?
A. Though Ayurveda originated in India over 5,000 years ago it is a holistic system of wellness that is based on universal principles found in Nature and is applicable to anyone living on any continent.

The cornerstone of Ayurvedic Nutritional Wisdom is the concept of the 6 tastes and can be applied to any dietary tradition and any ethnic cuisine--- even good old American meat, potatoes and apple pie. The 6 tastes act as a guide for all of our nutritional needs and feed our bodies, senses and spirit.

When selecting appropriate foods based on individual needs and seasonal considerations we can choose from all the foods that the earth has to offer.

Q. What is Pancha Karma?
A. Pancha Karma means the five cleansing actions or therapies.  It is a process of detoxifying the body and mind at a deep level. Pancha Karma includes internal and external application of medicated oils and steam therapy to loosen ama (toxins and waste materials) from its locations in the body.

Additional therapies are then applied to eliminate the ama from the body via the digestive tract. A special diet eaten before, during, and after the Pancha Karma sessions aids in the loosening and elimination of ama.

Q. What can I learn from Ayurveda?
A. Ayurveda can help you to understand why you react to people, situations and circumstances in the way that you do, helping you to cope with these situations and circumstances and the stresses from living in this modern world.

Ayurveda can inform you which foods are best for you and which foods tend to imbalance you, helping you to make the best choices.

Ayurveda can assist you in selecting the sports, activities and exercises that are best suited for your body type.

Ayurveda can provide you with an understanding of how the seasons affect your health and how to make healthy choices as the seasons change.

Ayurveda can teach you how to recognize the signs of imbalance for your mind/body type when they are first developing. By taking appropriate steps when first indicated you can take actions to restore balance when it is easiest to remedy.

Ayurveda can support you in discovering your deepest passions and living your life to the fullest. 

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