Ayurveda FAQ

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What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the world’s ancient healing systems. Originating over 5,000 years ago in India, Ayurveda literally means “the science of life”.

What is the philosophy on which Ayurveda is based?
Ayurveda believes that every person is a unique being who is born with a specific bodily constitution. However, changes in our lifestyle, diet, and environment cause imbalances within us, which lead to dis-ease. Falling under the category of holistic health, Ayurveda attempts to bring harmony into a person’s physical and mental states; hence the term “body-mind medicine” is applied to this system of healing. It looks to determine the cause(s) of the imbalance and educate the person as to how to restore and maintain their inborn nature.

What methods does Ayurveda use to pinpoint the imbalance?
The primary gauge of one’s health is pulse diagnosis. Pulse is used to determine each person’s optimal constitution and to evaluate the current state of imbalance from this optimal condition. Other methods used are facial analysis, tongue inspection, and nail examination. An assessment is also made by gathering information about the person’s overall lifestyle, including their job, eating and sleeping habits, and exercise routine and then recommending modifications to these patterns.

What regimens does Ayurveda use to restore balance to a person?
Many therapies are employed, including modifications in diet, herbal supplements, exercise, pranayama or breathing exercises, acupressure, and cleansing programs. Other methods which may be utilized are meditation and astrological analysis. Each type of treatment plan is specially developed to suit the specific individual.

Can Ayurveda be used in conjunction with my Western or allopathic medical treatment?
Ayurveda may be used in conjunction with your current medical treatment. It adds a nice complement in that it incorporates non-traditional measures such as yoga, meditation, and daily regimen that can bring balance into all aspects of your life.

How long does Ayurveda take to work?
Since each person is given a specialized regimen to meet their specific needs, each will see results in varying time frames. Because our body is used to many old patterns that have caused the imbalance, the amount of time it takes to restore the body depends on where your body is in the pathogenesis process. The elements in your external and internal environment will also affect your physiology. Ayurveda is not meant to be a “quick-fix”; rather, it attempts to address the underlying issues causing us physical and mental discomfort and eradicate them.

How do I get an Ayurvedic consultation?
You can set up an in-person appointment or a Skype appointment by going here.  Once you fill out the information, you will be sent a detailed health history questionnaire.

Where are you located?

In person consultations are available in the San Francisco East Bay area (Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville).

Where can I study Ayurveda in the US or obtain further educational materials?
A full-time Ayurvedic studies program is offered through the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. www.ayurveda.com

Ongoing programs on ayurveda, nutrition, womens’ health, and spiritual practices are offered through the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda in Candler, NC www.wisearth.org.

You may also obtain further educational resources through: www.ayurveda-florida.com.

As a holistic health care professional, where do you suggest that I purchase insurance for my practice? 

You may wish to use Alternative Balance.  They are affordable and allow you to cover multiple modalities under 1 policy .