Ayurveda: Traditional Indian Medicine, and What to Expect From Treatment
One key aspect of ayurveda is its description of three fundamental energies or Doshas that govern our internal and external environments. In Sanskrit these energies are known as Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water). Wrapped up in a human being, these are the primary constitutions responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has all of these doshas within us, but our individual distribution and make up of them differs. What’s more the changing of seasons, natural life cycles, and our internal and external environments affect our doshas too. For any one person, usually one or two doshas predominate. This is what your Ayurveda practitioner refers to as “your dosha”.
Treatment in Ayurvedic medicine works on balancing your doshas. Your practitioner takes your medical history and provides an in depth assessment of your lifestyle, diet, habits, and checks your eyes, nails, skin and pulse to determine where along the spectrum you are out of balance and could use some help. There are many different treatments and methods available to you to help restore balance, and your practitioner will often suggest and offer a variety of dietary, nutritional, exercise, herbal and therapeutic treatments to help you achieve health. Some of the therapeutic treatments are known as Pancha Karma, which is detoxing of the body to purify. Another is called Abhyanga, the rubbing of the skin with specially formulated herbal oils to guide out toxins and increase blood circulation.
You can read more about the different types of treatments and how Ayurveda works by following this link to a great article by University of Maryland Medical Center.