WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda, which literally means the knowledge and wisdom of life, is the traditional healing system of India. Often, called the Mother of all Healing, it originated in India over 5000 years ago.
Along with the potential to heal chronic diseases, Ayurveda promises to improve health and increase longevity.
Ayurveda is considered the healing side of Yoga. Both Ayurveda and Yoga strive to help a person re-connect to their true nature through direct experience. Together, they encompass a complete approach to the well-being of the body, the mind and the spirit.
Ayurveda views health as the end result of how we interact with our environment. Harmonious interactions lead to health, while disharmonious interactions lead to disease.
Ayurveda is the science of developing greater harmony with our environment through all of our senses.
Your inner nature is called your constitution or Prakruti. This unique balance of energy was determined at the moment of conception and is with you for the rest of your life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick and diseased. Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health.
The Three Doshas
Your constitution is the fundamental and unique balance of three basic energies called doshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balance in each individual is different. Hence, each individual has his or her own special set of challenges and gifts.
For this reason, no two persons are identical and each person’s path toward optimal health is unique.
The Vata dosha is made up of air and ether elements. This means that it has the qualities that are similar to these elements. Vata is very much like the wind - it is light, cool, dry and mobile. Those with a Vata constitution will tend to be light, have thin bones and dry skin and hair. When out of balance, they may lose weight, become constipated and have weakness in their immune and nervous system.
The Pitta dosha is made up of the fire and water elements. Pitta, therefore, tends to be hot, sharp and penetrating. They tend to have moderate weight and good musculature. When out of balance, they tend towards diarrhea, infections, skin rashes and weakness in the liver, spleen and blood.
The Kapha dosha is made up of water and earth elements. Kapha tends to be cool, moist, stable and heavy. When out of balance, Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight, and tend to have weaknesses in their lungs and sinuses.
At Appleby Medical Centre, we conduct a detailed consultation to ascertain your unique constitution - that is the body in the balanced state and then we work out the imbalances. A very careful and highly individualized treatment program is then presented to gently bring the body back into balance.
Our consultations includes a full head to toe examination where the hair, skin, facial features, tongue, nails, etc are carefully examined. We look into your appetite, digestion and elimination patterns, stress management skills, project completion, etc
Our treatment program recognizes you as a unique individual and is therefore as unique as you are. It includes food and herbs, aromas, colours, sound, massage, detoxification, yoga and meditation, Our treatment balances all the senses as we recognize that the body is constantly absorbing information through all the senses. Therefore, to ensure complete healing, we treat all the senses.
We treat not only the physical body, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual body. Therefore, Ayurveda treats the patient as a whole.
We use only truly organic herbal products to ensure optimal healing.
Every patient is treated with the utmost respect and in a loving manner.
Our consultations are very detailed to ensure correct assessment as the treatment is based on the assessment.
We research every condition and ingredient used in the treatment thoroughly.
Our emphasis is on prevention of diseases.
Each step is explained in detail to the patient and the patient is encouraged to be an active participant in the healing process.