Meaning knowledge of life, Ayurveda is a traditional complementary health system originating from the Indian sub-continent. It has developed over time and is now taught in the East along with conventional anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. It has influenced a number of holistic medical practices, Chinese and Tibetan to name but two. It incorporates the use of yoga, acupressure, meditation, food, herbs, colours, music and pretty much anything as required.
Ayurveda starts from the premise that we are all different and that life is a subjective experience, hence so is our sense of reality. It also states that given the right time, place and person, anything can be used therapeutically.
Most acute health problems, such as myocardial infarcts, asthma attacks, epileptic fits or psychosis are all well served by modern medicine. So are many surgical needs, which Ayurveda at one time contributed to greatly, progressing so far as developing caesarean section birth techniques.
Where Ayurveda can be particularly useful is in providing us with an individualised approach to engage more harmoniously with the world around us.
It can help to:
- ascertain our unique individual constitution.
- use foods and activities therapeutically for our constitution.
- utilise the effects of tastes on the mind and body.
- understand the effects of daily and seasonal cycles.
- promote a calm and insightful mind.
- understand the impact of environment and lifestyle choices on us as individuals.
The Facilitating Balance handbook includes a practical introduction to these Ayurvedic principles. As part of our holistic consultation service, specific Ayurvedic treatments will be recommended where appropriate.