Why an Ayurveda Doctor is your key to great health
Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurvedic consultation can be confusing! Whether you’re completely new to the world of Ayurveda or a little bit more informed, the information available about how Ayurveda related to good health can be mind-boggling. This is where your experienced Ayurvedic Doctor becomes invaluable. Consider their Ayurvedic consultation is your guide to navigating the complex world of authentic Ayurvedic medicine and ultimately helping you arrive at your destination of great health.
How is an Ayurvedic doctor different?
All of us are familiar with the usual process of visiting a GP or specialist doctor to be healthy and to maintain that healthiness. If we fall ill, we will make an appointment and head to the surgery to have a diagnosis made. The doctor will examine the symptoms of your illness, determine its cause and then devise a plan for treatment. You’ll often leave with a script or recommendation for what to use to fight off the pathogens invading your system. Your treatment plan may be exactly the same as your husband, neighbour and the man who lives down the street, regardless of the core differences between you all. It’s no wonder really, that we often only experience temporary relief or find ourselves back at the surgery again at some point in the very near future.
An Ayurvedic consultation is a very different experience. Illness, regardless of how it manifests, is an indication that something isn’t quite right within the body. At the most simple level, we can see how illness and imbalance go hand in hand. Ayurveda seeks to uncover the root cause of that imbalance and in turn, examines illness from a completely different perspective.
An experienced Ayurvedic doctor will make a diagnosis based on you as an individual. In other words, both the disease and the individual are taken into account. Who you are, what you do, your individual circumstances and stresses and critically, your body type or ‘dosha’ will all be taken into consideration. Your treatment plan will then be completely individualised, tailored to your specific needs. The Ayurvedic doctor considers the whole human being and concentrates on techniques to help bring the body back into perfect alignment.
Ayurvedic consultation is not your standard consultation
During an Ayurvedic consultation you can expect to answer plenty of questions about yourself. While a standard appointment with a western GP may be over in less than 15 minutes, you can expect to spend 60 minutes with an Ayurvedic practitioner. This is due to the extensive amount of information required to reach a diagnosis. A typical consult involves the following:
- Full health history being taken
- Pulse diagnosis to check for ill health causing imbalances in the body
- Assessment of your body or Constitution Type (Dosha) which controls all of the body’s functions. There are three doshas, Vata (regulates movement), Pitta (regulates metabolism) and Kapha (regulates structure)
- Tongue diagnosis to locate the toxins in your body
- A prescription that may involve herbs, body treatments and lifestyle modifications
What to look for in an Ayurvedic doctor
Just like in the majority of other complementary therapies, there is a vast difference between an Ayurvedic consultant and an Ayurvedic Doctor. When starting your journey to great health, consulting with an experienced Ayurvedic Doctor is key. They (and only they) can prescribe the perfect regimen for you as an individual. An Ayurvedic Doctor should have a qualification in Ayurvedic medicine, for example a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery, from a recognised university. This qualification is received only after extensive study over 5 1/2 years. A 1 year internship then needs to be completed in a registered hospital before becoming accredited to practice. In Australia, accreditation is through The Australasian Association Of Ayurveda. At The Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Sydney, we are fortunate to have degree qualified, accredited staff to help guide you on your journey into Ayurveda and onto great health.
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