What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is Sanskrit word that translates into knowledge (veda) of life (ayur). Ayurveda is the science of life, a 5000- year old tradition holistic system of well being. Ayurveda briefly explains the knowledge of the do's and don't on has to follow. Ayurveda also emphasizes that "Prevention is better than cure". Ayurveda is the knowledge of longevity which offers healing, rejuvenation and self realization through balanced food, herbs, yoga, massage, aroma and meditation.
How does Ayurveda work?
The main objectives of Ayurveda to cure the disease of sick person and prevent disease of healthy person. Ayurveda's main objective is to balance the doshas according to your original constitution. When the doshas are in balance, the organism can function properly. Ayurveda focuses on removing the underlying cause of symptoms, which are the result of doshic imbalance. For that purpose, Ayurveda uses medicinal herbs, cooking methods, rejuvenating therapies, and daily routines (called dincharya). A diet and lifestyle in harmony with your original constitution will strengthen your body, mind, and consciousness, and prevent disorders at all levels.
Is Ayurveda safe?
Ayurveda is a truly holistic natural system of health and herbal medicine for all ages, and even for animals. It focuses on diet and lifestyle as the foundation for good health, allowing you to take more control over your health and well being. Along with proper nutrition, it uses Ayurvedic herbs and Ayurvedic therapies that have been utilized for thousands of years. Medicinal herbs have many properties and potential actions, and, when manufactured and used properly, they achieve the desired results without creating further imbalances.
How effective is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the very oldest effective system of alternative medicine. Its full effectiveness will depend on various considerations, including your age and state of health, how much effort you are willing to put into making the necessary changes toward better health, and how disciplined you are with taking your formulas and following the recommended guidelines. Ayurvedic treatment will depend on individual factors and on follow-up treatments.
Why isn't taking my pulse enough to know what I need?
Pulse is the method of examination of patient. It is the important part of general examination but taking your pulse is not enough to understand you as a whole person. It is important to look at all the factors involved in the disease process, and pulse diagnosis is just one of the assessment tools in Ayurveda. Detail clinical history, pathological test, examination is needed. It is important to get to know the whole you: Your constitution, your family history, your medical history, your diet, habits and environment, which cannot be done pulse examination only.
Can Ayurveda help me with chronic or serious diseases?
Ayurveda is the holistic system of medicine does not focus on disease or pathology per se. Rather, it maintains that all life must be supported by energy in balance. Health is the state of equilibrium of doshas, dhatus and Malas in the body. Therefore, its goal is not just to treat or suppress symptoms, but to bring balance to the doshas so as to restore the natural harmony of your organism as a whole. When the doshas are . In other words, when the balance of the doshasis restored, the root cause of imbalance is removed, and your organism works properly (i.e., symptoms disappear). Furthermore, Ayurveda has a unique cleansing and rejuvenation program known as Panchakarma to detoxify and rejuvenate the organism at a cellular level, which can remove long lasting ailments while further promoting overall health and longevity.
Can I keep taking my medication when using Ayurveda?
Ayurveda can be used with Western allopathic medicine. Drugs can save lives, but because of their toxicity they can also weaken or damage the body with side effects. Ayurveda can help protect and make the body stronger after or along with drugs or surgery. It is very important to let your Ayurvedic practitioner know what medications you are on, so he can recommend the appropriate ayurvedic regime for you.
Can Ayurveda help me with acute ailments and first aid?
Yes. Ayurveda offers many practical and simple treatments for acute and first aid ailments with medicinal substances you may even be able to find in your own kitchen. Basic Ayurvedic knowledge help in preventing and treating common ailments with home remedies. If not cure then only you need to visit the doctor.
How soon will I see any results with Ayurveda?
That would depend on your particular state of health, your lifestyle, and how disciplined you are in following an Ayurvedic regime. Often times, following an Ayurvedic regime can have rather quick effects, but since Ayurveda is a holistic system and herbs act more gently and synergistically, patience and self-effort are important. Ayurvedic drugs are slow acting but very effective. As far as diet and lifestyle changes are concerned, we believe that slow change is lasting change, since trying to make radical changes all at once can often times become overwhelming.
Do I have to completely change my lifestyle to follow Ayurveda?
It really depends on what your health state, age, lifestyle, and goals are. Ayurveda defines imbalance as the end result of living out of harmony with your original constitution. Your constitution is the inherent balance of energies within your body-mind complex. It determines everything from your bone structure and temperament to your predisposition toward certain health challenges. Since we all have a different balance of energy, the path to optimal health will vary from person to person. Ayurveda is practical and can be flexible, but you are responsible for achieving the results you want through common sense and discipline.
Can you give me some guidelines about why I shouldn't mix certain foods?
According to Ayurveda, the foundation for optimal health is good digestion and digestive system is the most important body system. Foods have different qualities and require different digestive energies. This is why food combining is of the utmost importance in Ayurveda. When a food that digests easily and quickly (such as fruit) stays in the stomach while other, heavier foods (such as grains and carbohydrates) finish their “cooking” process, a mixed message is sent to the internal organs, disrupting the digestive fire (or agni) and creating toxins (or ama). Likewise, when you combine foods that have a sour quality, or fermented foods such as yogurt, with sweet foods such as milk or fruit, the sour quality can cause the milk to separate and ferment in the stomach, leading to toxic buildup in the GI tract and the deeper tissues over time.
Ayurveda recommends not only avoiding certain food combinations, but also making food choices according to your individual constitution. For this, a personalized consultation is highly recommended, as trying to figure all this out with food charts can be challenging and confusing. FaQs