Ayurveda, “The knowledge of longevity”,
is the traditional Indian medicine. Even if this medicine dates from Antiquity, it’s still today an alive science.
It is based on
- the principal of CAUSE to EFFECT. Finding the cause of symptoms allow to eliminate or reduce them.
- the fact that each of us is born with a particular constitution for life (Prakriti), and we have to do with it.
- the environment, the state of mind, the climate, the activities, the way we are eating, what we are eating, the quantity eaten; They are all equally important.
- The 5 elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) are the base of everything : that means in particular, in each of us in different quantties (Doshas) and in everything we eat.
- Everything is constantly in movement so you always have the possibility to change (even it will ask efforts)
You will understand from a new perspective how your body works
Ayurveda will in no way replace medical consultations.
How does an Ayurvedic consultation go?
In Ayurveda, we differentiate the patient from the disease.
This means that the 1st part of the consultation is devoted to understanding WHO is the person present, “the patient” and how the body works: constitution from birth, imbalance that has occurred, digestion and assimilation of food. This will induce:
– observations of the person’s physique (height, frame, skin, hair, face, hands, age…)
– questions about the functioning of person’s body and the feelings about blood circulation, joints, sensitivity to the environment, sleep, resistance and tendency to disease
– questions about food (appetite, digestive disorders, eating habits and attractions, food sensitivities)
– questions about mental functioning (emotional reactions, relationships to people or objects)
– questions about body waste (stool, urine, sweating, menstruation)
– Tongue observation
– Taking the pulse
In the 2nd part of the interview, the practitioner will focus on “the disease” as it manifests itself in the body of this person: where precisely (organs, body tissues, blood, lymph, channels) so as to understand where is the blockage or on the contrary where is the excess circulation and therefore which Dosha (intelligent forces of the body: Vata, Pitta, Kapha) is at the origin of the problem. It will also be important for the practitioner to understand the stage of the disease in order to then adapt the proposed solutions.
By the questions asked, the practitioner will try to find what imbalances this dosha thus creates an imbalance (= the disease) in this person: is it the food, the environment of the person, the habits of life like the exercise or the pace of life, the psychological aspect or maybe something else?
It is from there that the practitioner will then consider a “treatment” for the person.
In Ayurveda, ROUTINE (Dinacharya) is an essential component in restoring balance to the body. So, do not be surprised that the first thing proposed is, most of the time, to change your lifestyle (mealtime, way of eating, physical exercise, sleep, self-massage …) and to establish a routine that is better suited to your constitution.
FOOD is also important: when you eat, how you eat, in what order the food is eaten, and what you eat. Each constitution has its own food! MASSAGES can also be suggest to you because they are an essential component of good health according to Ayurveda. This is not only to offer you daily self-massage but also to have a massage. The type of massage, the oil used, the frequency are different depending on the constitution and the imbalances. Yes, these are therapeutic massages! The practitioner may recommend that you take MEDICIANAL PLANTS and SPICES as well. Yes, spices such as cumin, cardamom, fennel… are essential for a good digestion but to each his own. This is how the practitioner will suggest that you take some, as a powder mixture, at a specific frequency and at specific times. You will understand, each metabolism is different, but what is certain is that putting some order, establishing new habits, assimilating plants into deep tissues, it takes time. This is why the practitioner will offer you a follow-up appointment after one to two months depending on the case to see the changes and adjust the recommendations