What is involved in an Ayurvedic consultation?
Your consultation will consist of an in-depth assessment of your health, medical history, diet and lifestyle. Traditional techniques such as pulse and tongue diagnosis will be used as well as modern methods of pulse and BP to draw a diagnosis of your health and pin point any problem areas. At the end of the assessment, advice will be given as to where changes can be made to your diet and lifestyle to suit your constitution and any health issues. This session will help to you realise how you can reduce build up of toxins, promote calmness and boost energy and immunity.
Do I have to be vegetarian to benefit from Ayurveda?
No. Being vegetarian is recommended for many patients, dependent on health conditions, but is the personal choice of the individual. In some instances, meat soups are recommended such as in cases of debility.
A Vegetarian diet does however have many health benefits for example vegetarians usually have lower cholesterol levels and higher intake of Antioxidants in diet which decrease risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Are Ayurvedic herbs safe?
Yes – you should take them under the guidance of a qualified practitioner regarding dose and time and method of taking herbs, especially with infants and during pregnancy. Ayurvedic supplements are taken from 100% natural sources and should always be bought from a reputable supplier, such as Himalaya, Essential Ayurveda, or Pukka Herbs, who all maintain a high standards of quality control. Ensure that the herbs are well-labeled, with a clear description of the product from a reputable source.
Is Ayurveda medically recognised?
Ayurveda has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective system of medicine.
Are Yoga and Ayurveda similar?
Yes, they are complementary practices. Ayurveda is a scientific medical system being practiced in India and beyond for over five thousand years. It’s holistic approach to healthcare embraces the connection of mind-body paradigm. Yoga follows the same philosophy and aim’s to create a union with higher self, through eight stages of discipline (ashtanga yoga).
Yoga and Ayurveda have many parallels, both practices being born from the vedic philosophy. They both aim to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. The practice of Yoga is more concerned with the mind and physiology aspects where as Ayurveda more with the physical health and pharmacology. Both recognize that a healthy body is key for fulfilling the four aims of life - Dharma (duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire), and Moksha (liberation). They both share the same principles of metaphysical anatomy and physiology, which consists of 72,000 nadis (subtle channels), 7 main chakras (energy centres), 5 bodily sheaths, and the Kundalini Shakti (energy). Both disciplines support the holistic approach to healing by using diet, herbs, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantras, astrology, and rituals.