Ayurveda is a complete healing system based on giving you tools and practices to create health on a daily basis by using your innate healing abilities. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old consciousness based system of healing from India and the purpose of Ayurveda is to help us return to our natural state of health, balance and wholeness. Ayurveda recognises the primacy of consciousness and offers powerful practices that can help us change the qualities of our experiences in consciousness to create health and balance in our mind-body system. Ayurveda is experiential, which means that the choices you make
about your experiences change your body- including your choices about food, personal relationships, sensory experiences, sleep, work, social interactions and daily routine. As you shift your experiences, your biology shifts because your biology is the metabolism of experience. There is no “one size fits all” prescription for well-being instead, every health- related measure is based on an individual’s mind-body type or dosha, and the needs that derive from it.
• An Ayurvedic practitioner can help you on your journey to optimal health and well-being by designing a treatment plan which includes Panchakarma detox, Ayurvedic herbs, Ayurvedic diet and Ayurvedic daily routines.
• Visiting an Ayurvedic consultant is nothing like a regular round to the modern medical clinic as it goes beyond blanketing your symptoms and offering temporary quick fixes.
• A consultation session with an Ayurvedic doctor goes beyond listing the symptoms. It delves deeper probing all aspects of your life, from your sleep routine to your dietary habits, your personal worries, professional space, and your level of physical activeness.
• This thorough process of noting down the minute details helps the consultant to identify the root cause of your problems, the imbalances in your body and accordingly determine a personalised treatment plan best suitable for you.
During an Ayurvedic consultation: –
• The practitioner will start by doing a pulse diagnosis-
1. Taking the pulse is a way to determine your body-mind constitution (Prakriti) or dosha as well as the current state of imbalance (Vikriti), the sub-doshas and ojas (vitality).
2. There are seven layers/levels of pulse, and this ancient vedic knowledge of pulse diagnosis is as deep as the ocean.
3. A big difference between pulse assessment in modern medicine and Ayurveda is that in the Ayurvedic system, pulse is used to identify the root cause/ origin of an imbalance or disease.
• The Ayurvedic practitioner also evaluates your tongue. According to Ayurveda the tongue is not just an organ of taste but also a strong tool for diagnosis. Ayurveda suggests that the surface of the tongue reflects an entire map of the body, reflecting its overall health. It is important to check your tongue regularly to recognize the inner system. For example: –
1. Check for the presence of coating on our tongue: –
• If the coating is grey, black, or brown in colour, you can assume an accumulation of vata toxins and vata imbalance.
• If the coating is yellow, red or green, it indicates pitta toxins and an imbalance of the pitta dosha.
• If the coating is white in colour, it is kapha toxins and correlates to kapha imbalance.
• After evaluating all aspects of your being, the practitioner curates a treatment plan which helps the body call upon its own energy to heal.
• The Ayurvedic consultant has a wide array of treatments and therapies like panchakarma detox and cleanse to eliminate toxins from the body and strengthen the immune system.
• They may also include daily self-care routines, food choices, mindful movement, yoga, and meditation practices to help improve your overall health and boost your immunity.
• Diet and nutrition are considered to be the most important pillars of health. After developing a panchakarma detox plan, which is tailormade based on your doshas and imbalances, an Ayurvedic consultant guides you through a rejuvenation plan which includes food choices that will help keep your doshas in balance and boost the immune system.