Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medicine Principles For Living and an Initial Consultation
Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world. Drawn from an understanding of nature’s rhythms and laws, Ayurveda is built around the five elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth and their roles in the natural world.
It is understood in Ayurveda and Naturopathic medicine that the same rules and laws which govern all other natural beings also govern the human being. If we choose to ignore these laws, then imbalances will begin to appear. These imbalances are the precursor to disharmony and disease in the mind and body. This system of medicine understands our deepest connections with the whole universe and the influences of the energies that make up the universe.
An Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicine approach treats each individual, taking into account unique psychological, emotional, and physical conditions. Imbalances in the body are evaluated through the deepest understanding of the elements and their influences on us. Because our bodies are constantly adjusting to new environments, when these environments become imbalanced we feel it in some way.
Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicine concentrates on prevention and understanding one’s own makeup and focuses on how the outer world and environment affect one’s daily life. The goal of Ayurveda and Naturopathic medicine is to teach people how to attain optimal health through a deeper understanding of themselves and their own particular nature in relationship to the world around them. Through strengthening the body, mind, and spirit while allowing the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to work, we can achieve our fullest potential.
Based on the principles above, during a typical initial Consultation, the practitioner takes a complete medical and lifestyle history and performs a physical evaluation that looks at the body both as a physical system as well as a field of intelligence to determine a patient’s individual constitution (prakrti) and current state of being (vikrti), reflecting the needs and choices of a person’s life. Based upon this assessment, a personalized body-mind-spirit health balancing plan is formulated, including recommendations on diet, lifestyle, stress management, exercise, clinical nutrition and/or herbal supplementation.