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Friday, April 25, 2014

What is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Also known as Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Medicine originated in India over 3,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest medical systems, falling within the category of Eastern medicine.  Ayurveda promotes the use of herbs, special diets, exercise, and treatments under the guidance of a trained Ayurveda practitioner.


What are the components of Ayurvedic Medicine?

Prakriti, or your body’s particular make up, is an important consideration with treatment.
Dosha, or are life forces, are taken into account by a practitioner, as well.
Connectedness among all individuals, their health, and the universe.


What are the Ayurvedic types?

There are 3 main Ayurveda types, which are based on your physical characteristics as well as emotional behavior. They are:


  1.  Vata: Individuals fitting this type usually have a small, thin build, dry skin and hair, and are adverse to cold temperatures.
  2. Pitta: Represented by a medium, muscular build, sharp mind, and fair skin that sunburns easily. Individuals fitting Pitta type are usually uncomfortable in the sun and hot weather.
  3. Kapha: An easy-going, relaxed personality, prone to being overweight, with soft hair and skin. This Ayurvedic type doesn’t like cold, damp weather.

Often, individuals are a combination of several types, resulting in these combinations:
  • Vata-Pitta
  • Vata-Kapha
  • Pitta-Kapha
  • Vata-Pitta-Kapha
Find out your Ayurveda type by taking this test:  http://www.jiva.com/ayurveda/about-ayurveda/vpk.html.

How do you find an Ayurveda practitioner?

Typically, Ayurvedic professionals are not licensed as doctors in the United States. However, practitioners may be licensed and recognized as other specialists, such as midwives or massage therapists. Visit the National Ayurvedic Medical Association for more information.

What are some Ayurveda remedies?

Turmeric is often used for inflammatory conditions, among other disorders. Evidence shows that turmeric may help with certain digestive disorders and arthritis.
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata, Boswellia carterii, also known as frankincense) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and immune system effects. When used in patients with osteoarthritis, it was found to be more effective on their pain than the placebo they were given.
Treatments such as massage therapy for a specific ailment is often beneficial to patients. These services are often tailored to an individual’s needs by utilizing an oil or compound that is based on the patient’s particular Ayurveda type, illness, or health complaints.
Meditation.

Check out more ailments/remedies at www.allayurveda.com.

Who can benefit from Ayurveda?

The basis of Ayurveda is a focus on preventing illness or imbalance in the body. However, specific illnesses are treated, as needed. Practitioners suggest that this type of medical system is extremely beneficial for individuals who recognize the importance of the mind-body connection.

Is Ayurvedic medicine safe?

According to experts, it’s important to utilize Ayurvedic medicine and treatments under the supervision of an Ayurveda practitioner. Also, remember to tell your healthcare provider about any Ayurvedic treatments, specifically herbs and metals, that you try, as this can impact your overall health as well as medications he/she might prescribe.  Utilizing a combination of Eastern and Western medicine can be beneficial to individuals when used safely and correctly.

Where can you learn more?

Visit www.nccam.nih.gov for a complete overview of Ayurvedic medicine.

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