Ayurveda is an ancient system of knowledge that likely started in Egypt 5000+ years ago, developed and flourished in India into not only primary care, but also subspecialties like surgery and dermatology, and still provides primary care for hundreds of thousands of people in India and around the world. Ayurveda is about how we relate to our environment, with the understanding that we are part of nature and the source of consciousness, and nature heals if it is allowed.
Ayurvedic practitioners use this system to partner with patients to find the underlying causes of ill health, and we use various methods to understand and treat the source instead of treating symptoms. The focus is on holistically preventing disease and improving health- spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.
In this system, there are three basic energies in nature that make up the body’s physiology and functions: flow, metabolism, and structure. These are commonly known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These energies are part of what we sense when taking the pulse, and we are able to see the balance of the body by getting a sense of the balance of these energies. When imbalance is found, there are many tools we can teach for self-healing and restoring flow, involving things like meditation, biorhythm attunement and attention to sleep, food and spices to improve digestion, yoga and breathing techniques, ayurvedic counseling, herbs, detoxification programs, and energy healing.
Treatments are all nature-based, gentle, and build upon each other, communicating with the body and reminding the body how to be in balance again. The goal is to empower people by using common sense and teaching tangible skills to provide patients with the experience of improved health and becoming more in tune with their own nature and higher consciousness, and to pass on this knowledge to others. Over time, patients should learn enough to need doctors less and less, rather than more and more.