Ayurveda – The Science of Life
Understanding our own nature is the first step towards making choices
that support our good health
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that originated in the Vedic culture of India and is considered to be the oldest recorded healing science. People living in India have relied on traditional Ayurvedic practices for all conditions for centuries. Now, as the desire to take control of our own health and well-being through positive lifestyle changes is growing, Ayurveda is experiencing a major resurgence and is effectively practised worldwide.
The primary goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to help people to live long, healthy and balanced lives without the need for prescription drugs, complicated surgeries or suffering through painful conditions. Unlike the blanket approach that western medicine takes, which fails to address the huge diversity among patients, Ayurveda takes into account individuality when advising the lifestyle changes that lead to optimum health. This puts you firmly in control of your health and well-being by understanding what works with your body and what does not.
What conditions can Ayurveda benefit?
The two most important aspects of restoring balance in Ayurveda are tuning in to the natural rhythms of your body and bringing your lifestyle into sync with nature and its cyclical patterns. This includes aligning your activity level, food choices, sleep and so on with the time of day, seasons and for women even their menstrual cycles. Ayurveda can help ease stress and restore a healthy circadian rhythm in this way, which benefits everything from your hormones to appetite.
Through making simple changes to your lifestyle and diet using Ayurveda you will notice significant changes within yourself. You will feel energise, with increased mental clarity, you will notice improvements in your digestion as your body assimilates nutrients more efficiently and you will feel rested & fully nourished by a good night’s sleep.
According to a report published by University of Maryland Medical Centre in 2015, Ayurvedic medicine can support the treatment of inflammatory, hormonal, digestive and autoimmune conditions, including –
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety or depression
- Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
- High blood pressure or cholesterol
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peri-menopausal problems
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and cramps
Ayurvedic herbs, practices and recommendations have also been shown to be helpful in relieving chronic constipation or IBS, fighting chronic fatigue syndrome, reducing pain and lowering obesity risk.
How Does Ayurvedic Medicine Work?
Ayurvedic medicine is based on the principle that there are three Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha and that disease and illness originate from an imbalance between them.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, everyone is unique in terms of his or her individual balance between these three types. Everyone has a combination of Dosha in their personality, but usually one or two are more dominant in each person. This unique combination ultimately governs body type, appetite, energy levels, moods and tendencies.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Leisl Horne works with you, to develop a well-balanced healthy lifestyle that is easy to manage, helping to bring the body back into balance.
Statement from the Centre for Rheumatic Diseases located in Prune, India.
‘Every creation inclusive of a human being is a model of the universe. In this model, the basic matter and the dynamic forces (Dosha) of the nature determine health and disease and the medicinal value of any substance (plant and mineral).
The Ayurvedic practices, chiefly that of diet, lifestyle and the Panchkarama, (a five fold detoxification treatment involving massage, herbal therapy & other procedures), aim to maintain the Dosha equilibrium…therapy is customised to the individual’s constitution (known as Prakruti).’
What will I experience in an Ayurvedic Consultation?
In order to help rebalance your Doshas and prescribe a certain diet, healing herbs and restful practices, Leisl will take your medical history, check your vital signs like your pulse and reflexes, examine your skin, look inside your mouth at your gums and tongue and speak to you about your sleep and relationships. All of these factors help her to first determine your primary Dosha and then identify which aspects of the Doshas might be out of balance. It will indicate, for example, if you’re overworking, under-sleeping or not consuming enough nutrients.
Duration: Initial Consultation 1.5 hour
Follow-up Consultations 1 hour
Practitioner: Leisl Horne