November 28

Is Ayurveda a True Traditional Medicine?


Ayurveda is a traditional medicine practice whose roots are found in India and origins date back over fifty centuries ago. Ayurveda is considered an alternative form of medicine where the wellbeing of the whole body is taken into consideration. It focuses on striking a balance between an individual’s body, mind and soul through balancing nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Ayurveda has over the years spread beyond the borders of India and grown in popularity in the Western world.

However, although Ayurveda is traditional medicine and practitioners can be found all over the United States and Canada, one of its main drawbacks is the absence of a standard of measurement to assess the competence of each practitioner. However doctors and other modern medicine practitioners interested in the practice of Ayurveda usually study it after their conventional medical training.

Traditional Medicine

Today, Ayurvedic treatment is usually used to complement conventional medicine. If you are considering using Ayurvedic healing to treat your medical condition, the first step is to consult your doctor. If given the clearance by your physician, the next thing to do is look for a skilled Ayurvedic practitioner.

An Ayurvedic consultation can take an hour or longer – about the same amount of time it takes to break in youth baseball gloves – during which the specialist will inquire about your diet, lifestyle and general health. They will then examine your pulse by assessing twelve different pulse points as well as your tongue. In Ayurveda, the tongue is believed to be a prime indicator of body imbalances.

The Ayurveda specialist moves on to your dosha balance and your prakuti. In Ayurveda, a dosha is composed of the five elements: fire, water, earth, air and space. The body has three doshas; kapha, pitta and vata, each formed through a combination of the five elements. Each of these three doshas has a particular body area that it controls.

An imbalance in the body’s dosha due to poor nutrition or lifestyle can impair the flow of the body’s energy and lead to gastro intestinal disruptions, poor nutrient absorption and lowered energy levels. Your prakuti on the other hand is your inherent nature. By determining your prakuti the practitioner can formulate a specialized treatment plan for you that will focus on restoring your main dosha’s balance.

When developing your treatment plan the Ayurvedic practitioner will incorporate diet, herbs, meditation, yoga, exercise and massage. The Traditional Medicine prescribed diet will be based on the particular dosha that is out of balance. A cleansing and detoxification program will also be formulated. They may even recommend using an IQAir air purifier to help improve your breathing and lung health. This may include fasting, diets and body cleansing treatments such as enemas. The herbal treatment will typically be comprised of plants such as boswellia, gotu, triphala and ashwaghanda. Some of these herbs are mixed with the massage oil. Yoga, meditation and exercise will be suited to your personal constitution.

There have been some concerns around the use of Ayurvedic medicines. The nature and history of Ayurvedic healing means there has been limited research in the safety and effectiveness of associated herbal medicines. This is why you should only go for Ayurveda traditional medicine after consultation with your doctor.

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