Ayurveda, an ancient Indian holistic healing system that keeps the body, mind and spirit balanced to promote good health. It diagnoses and treats causes of ailments based on the whole being.
How does Ayurveda work ? According to Ayurveda, doshas or energy types constitute an individual’s physical and mental nature. Any imbalance in dosha may lead to ailment. Prior to starting the treatment, the Ayurvedic practitioner assess the patient on his health and lifestyle.
Vata – It consists of space and air, and controls nerve impulses, muscle and joint movement, breathing and heartbeat. It also governs the emotions of anxiety, fear and pain.
Pitta – Pitta represents fire and water and is associated with metabolism, digestion, intelligence and skin color. Emotions controlled by the pitta include anger, hate and jealousy.
Kapha – Kapha is the combination of earth and water. It controls The body’s physical structure and the immune system. This dosha is responsible for the emotions of calmness, forgiveness, love and greed.
The tongue, skin, lips, fingernails and eyes are also closely examined to know the imbalance. Once the root causes of an illness are identified, the doctor prescribes treatment to restore balance, to remove toxicity, enhance resistance and ultimately promote health
Panchakarma, or purification, consists of five basic cleansing methods.
Vamana is therapy for Kapha which clears lung and respiratory congestion, Virachan clears excess Pitta, Basti is enema therapy for Vata, Nasya clears the pathways to the brain and Rakta Moksha purifies blood.
Massages, Yoga and meditation are also practiced by the patient. Doctor advise dietary recommendations and herbal medicines which are based on your dosha type.