Ayurveda is probably one of the world’s oldest healing systems, which dates back around 3000-5000 years. That being said, it is one of the oldest holistic healing practices. It originated in India and uses Chinese medicines. The goal of Ayurvedic treatment is to promote good health. The foundation of Ayurveda is that wellness and health depend on a balance between spirit, mind, and body. It is also believed that everything in the universe – both dead and alive, are connected. Once these three are at peace — mind, spirit, and body are at peace with the universe — then, you have excellent health. When this balance between the three is disrupted, it causes one to fall ill. A few examples that upset this balance are injuries, age, emotions, climate, etc. It is also believed that every individual is made up of these elements: fire, water, air, earth, and space.
“With more than 25 years working in the field of trauma therapy as a psychotherapist , I found yoga therapy and ayurvedic medicine especially helpful in the treatment of anxiety, depression and related issues. Combining talk therapy with yoga and ayurveda increase healing outcomes.” – Kathryn Templeton, LPC
How is Ayurveda Treatment Performed?
An Ayurvedic practitioner examines the patient by observing their movements, skin color, skin, eyes, lips, hair, nails, etc. This is called Darshan. After the observation, the practitioner will press down on some of the body parts in order to listen to the sounds made by internal organs. Some laboratory testing might also be involved. This process is called Sparsha. After this, the practitioner will ask the patients questions about both their mental and physical health. At this point, the patient needs to be completely honest with the practitioner. This step is called Prashna.
For Stephen Lewis, LMHC, “Since we are all unique, we will have our own Ayurvedic prescription for a lifestyle that will support optimal health and prevent disease. In this way, Ayurveda is individualized and does not prescribe the same treatment for everyone who has the same condition. The treatment will vary depending on the patient’s constitution. There is no firm distinction between mind and body in Ayurveda, so an imbalance in any one of the elements will affect both mind and body.”
Ayurvedic healing comes in these forms:
- Herbal formulas: These are Ayurvedic medicines that contain only natural ingredients.
- Detoxification: The detoxification process has many steps such a massage, steam treatment, bloodletting, oil-based laxatives, and nasal treatment. The goal of this process is to get rid of all the toxins in the body.
- Healthy diet and nutrition: Ayurvedic treatment relies on a healthy diet, across these six different tastes: pungent, bitter, sweet, salty, astringent, and sour.
The Health Benefits of Ayurvedic Treatment:
Ayurvedic treatment has many health benefits and has been trusted over the centuries. However, before taking up Ayurvedic treatment, you should consult your doctor as a safety precaution. Let’s take a look at the health benefits.
Balances the Hormones
For women, Ayurveda helps with menstrual pains and regulating irregular periods. It also helps with PCOS and some other endocrine disorders. It can also help with various PMS symptoms such as acne and oily skin.
Heals Injuries and Aids in Recovery
Herbal oils are rubbed onto wounds, which help with healing. Ayurvedic medicines also increase the blood circulation, which aids in the recovery process. It can also reduce pain.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels and Blood Pressure
Ayurvedic medicines and diets have excellent benefits for the cardiovascular health. They lower blood pressure and cholesterol. They also help with unclogging the arteries and prevent them from clogging again. This helps with preventing cardiovascular infections and heart attacks. Ayurvedic medicines can also prevent strokes.
Ayurveda Helps with Anxiety and Stress
Ayurvedic treatment helps with lowering both anxiety and stress. The Ayurvedic medicine relaxes you and improves the blood flow, which combats stress and anxiety. In addition to Ayurvedic medications, the practitioner might also recommend some other Ayurvedic therapy treatments to help with treating stress and depression. Some of these forms are yoga, meditation, some breathing techniques, etc.
Aids in Weight Loss and Could Prevent Weight Gain
An Ayurveda diet consists of healthy foods, which prevents weight loss. The Ayurvedic medicines also help with shedding off excess weights.
Aids in Digestion
Ayurvedic medicines and diet help with speeding up your metabolism, which helps with digestion. It can also help with other digestive issues such as IBS, constipation, etc.
“…Further, Ayurveda is a way of life where you give yourself loving kindness rather than listen to your inner critic. In Ayurveda, you’ll learn how to be authentic in your self and to love yourself just the way you are. Rather than comparing yourself to others, we teach you how to embrace your strengths! Over time, you’ll learn how your doshas work and how to compassionatly rejuvenate your mind, refresh your body, and surrender to Devine spirit.” – Katie Ziskind, LMFT