Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ayurveda? Ayurvedic medicine is considered the world’s oldest healthcare system and evolved in India. Ayurveda means the “science of life”, and as such is entirely holistic. Ayurveda strives to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, maintaining that this prevents disease, and promotes a long and healthy life.
What does an Ayurvedic Practitioner do? Your Ayurvedic Practitioner will educate you on how to live in harmony with your environment according to the principles of Ayurveda. They will help you to understand your constitutional body/mind type, or doshas, and current imbalance, and guide you in using the five sensory therapies and personal practices, or sadhanas appropriate for you, to create an optimum environment within your body for healing to take place.
What does an Ayurvedic assessment entail? An Ayurvedic assessment determines the nature and location of the energetic imbalance in the doshas, tissues (dhatus), channels (srotas), and digestion (agni). Based on the perceived imbalance or dysfunction, and in the context of Ayurveda, we make specific recommendations to correct this imbalance. This may include diet and lifestyle changes (sadhanas), the five sense therapies, and herbs. Herbs are selected based on their effects on the dosas, dhatus, srotas and agni, to support and help restore balance.
How will Ayurveda help me? For good health or healing, we consider and evaluate the whole person and their behaviors. When the body is out of balance, it communicates this imbalance by creating symptoms. When these symptoms are ignored or suppressed, disease manifests. By establishing balance in your body and harmony in your mind, Ayurveda helps creates an environment for the body to heal and prevent illness.
What are the five sense therapies? The five senses include everything we take into the body through our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. Ayurveda uses the five sense therapies of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch to help bring harmony to the body/mind. These can include color therapy, aromatherapy, massage, music therapy, and stimulating the six tastes, etc.
What do herbs do? Herbs contain natural ingredients with healing properties and are selected based on their qualities and effects. The role of herbs is to support your body and mind as you make the changes in your life that are necessary for healing to take place.
How long will it take for me to get well? Ayurveda does not attach timelines to healing. Instead, it insists on returning the body to a healthy balanced state that supports healing. How long you have been ill, and how well you incorporate the recommended Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle determine when the body gets better.
How often do I need to come? Ayurvedic medicine is natural and driven by correct diet, routine, and attitude. Our goal is to help clients succeed in implementing Ayurveda into their life – this is crucial to healing and the best preventative medicine that exists. Change takes time but once embedded the client a gains a healthy body and way of life. Regular visits are strongly encouraged until the client is confident in their new habits and lifestyle.