What is Ayurveda and how can it help you heal?

While following Holistic Huts journey you will hear me quoting Ayurvedic Healing practices. Although ayurvedic healing has been around for thousands of years, in just the most recent centuries the practice and information has been suppressed by western medicine. Ayurveda is a healing journey to good health that encompasses balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda is a eastern complementary practice. It is not a religion and not a medical alternative meant to replacement your current health regimen. It is a spiritual assessment that helps you realize your elemental energies and balance them with daily lifestyle practices. Ayurveda healing can be used in combination with western medicine, holistic medicine or it can simply be a new way for you to view your health and the vitality of your mind+body+soul in a way that our ancestors did.



The Ayurvedic Theory

The Ayurvedic Theory was created thousands of years ago. A time where self intuition, diet, herbs, movement, meditation and sunshine played a vital part of a person's health. Ancient healers intuitively knew that human beings were a combination of elemental and cosmic energies : Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Space. Through self analysis and observing others our ancestors realized a pattern in the relationships these energies form in all of us, and named them the three doshas: vata, kapha, and pitta. Although there is a unique mix of the three doshas, one dosha is usually the most influential on a person's personality and health traits.




The Three Doshas


A brief overview of each dosha and its characteristics


Vata

The vata dosha is an elemental combination of space and air. The characteristics of vata dosha are the same characteristics of its elemental parents; the vata encompasses movement and constant change. If your vata dosha is your primary energy source and is in balance you are are light, quick on your feet, often on the go, very fluid, creative, and easy going. If your vata dosha is out of balance you may experience sudden energy crashes, fatigue, hypertension, sensitive digestion, and weight loss.


Kapha

The kapha dosha represents the elements combination of water and earth. The characteristics of kapha involve being heavy, calm, slow, cold, with soft and oily skin. When your dosha is in balance you are a very stable and centered person who enjoys the comfort of stability and routine, while also requiring stimulation with nature and trips. When your dosha is out of balance, Kapha types may become overweight, sleep excessively, and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.


Pitta

The pitta dosha combines fire and water. The Combination of these elemental forces create a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind. When your dosha is in balance you are full of energy, have a glowing complexion, a ravenous appetite and impeccable digestion. When your dosha is out of balance you may suffer from extreme emotions, acne or skin rashes, heartburn, stomach ulcers, and insomnia.




Ayurveda assessment

What should you expect on in your first session with an Ayurvedic practitioner? A good first session will last an hour or longer and during the session your healer will ask a series of questions and perform a physical assessment. Most practitioners will work in unison with your primary physician. They will research and review a list of your current medications and health conditions to make sure that your treatment plan is working with your health providers plan and not causing any harm.


The ayurvedic practitioner will usually ask detailed questions about your health, diet, and lifestyle. They usually then examine your tongue for clues about areas of the body that may be out of balance. The appearance of the skin, lips, nails, and eyes is also observed; and he or she will listen to 12 different pulse points on your wrists.

After the assessment, the practitioner will determine your unique balance of doshas. One dosha is usually dominant and may be imbalanced. The practitioner also determines your constitution, or prakut.




Treatment Plans


At the end of your first assessment your healer will inform you which of your doshas is dominate and will create a personalized treatment plan to help you balance your doshas.

This plan will include:

-New diet practices

-Cleansing and detoxification:

-Herbal medicine

-Yoga

-Meditation

-Exercise

-Massage and body treatments




Where do I start?

Figure out your dosha. You can reach out to an Ayurvedic Practitioner and schedule a professional in depth assessment. Alternatively, you can do a self assessment after you do enough independent research. The alternative isn't recommended. As much as I respect and fight for sovereignty and being in control of your body and health, as an herbal practitioner in training I have realized it is never smart to diagnose and treat yourself. Leave this to the professionals who have the experience and perspective you may lack, find a treatment plan and practitioner that fits you and try to check in on an annual basis.




You know your dosha, now what?

If you went the self assessment route then it will be up to you to create your own treatment plan. The internet is a vast place which has tons of good and bad resources. Make sure you…

- Pull from reliable content, - Verify it with three reliable sources, -Have your treatment plan peer reviewed on different online platforms such as facebook groups or online ayurveda forums -Review any new herbs or physical activities with your doctor before starting any new health regimens. Some herbs when mixed with certain prescriptions can cause harm or may even be fatal.



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