Ayurveda provides hundreds of methods of treatment and therapies that can be recommended to patients. This is an overview of the fundamental tenets of treatment from an Ayurvedic perspective.
Diet and Nutrition
Dietary and nutritional practices are vital to healthy living and food is used as medicine as an important component of every Ayurvedic treatment plan. Dietary practices are tailored to each individual’s constitution and taking into account their cultural background as well as climate. You will be given a diet sheet during your consultation that details which foods to avoid and the specific foods, which support the body’s natural healing processes. The diet is carefully tailored to allow you to eat as much of the foods you like in a way that nourishes your body. For example, if you are a fish lover, we will advise you which fish you can eat and the best way to eat it in combination with other foods rather than avoiding all fish. We don’t advocate extreme eating regimes, rather intelligent and intuitive eating which allows your existing preferences.
Herbal Food Supplements and Formulated Herbal Medicines
The ancient practice of administering herbal medicines is key to treatment and is considered a precise science requiring deep knowledge of plants and their effect on human physiology, biochemistry and psychology. The action and effect of each herb is determined by its rasa (taste), guna (attribute), virya (active potency), vipak (post-digestive effect) and prabhava (special quality). Ayurveda does not support the theory that herbs are benign and have no side effects.
Ayurvedic Massage Therapies and Panchakarma Therapy
All treatments are performed by trained therapists who work under the supervision of the Physician who provides the therapists with instructions on the specific medicated oils to use and the specific components of the therapies suitable for each patient.
Panchakarma therapy is a deep purification method that removes toxins or ama from the body. The therapy includes Abhyanga oil massage, shirodhara (medicated oil poured onto the third eye chakra to pacify the central nervous system), pinda sweda (steamed, herbal poultices used to stimulate points in the body), steam bath and basti (warm medicated herbal oil enema) and any of a number of other appropriate treatments in addition.