Ayurveda medicine is the traditional healing art of South Asia. Literally translated the term Ayurveda means “knowledge of life”. As a holistic medical system, Ayurveda is strongly focused on the individual person. For example, the therapy concept can be very different for two different people with a similar illness. Here the constitution analysis plays an essential role. Working with individually designed treatment plans also essentially distinguishes Ayurveda medicine from other known medical systems. The holistic concept of Ayurvedic medicine shows good clinical results for chronic and functional diseases. This is confirmed by practical experience as well as a wide range of studies.
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An Ayurveda consultation includes:
– A detailed survey of the actual condition, taking into account current complaints, previous illnesses and the general living conditions.
– An analysis of the individual constitution
– Diagnosis of the pulse, tongue, face and body
– Discussion of the results and the way forward
– Compilation of an individual plan to change lifestyle and diet, manual therapeutic applications, if necessary, detoxification procedures and individual yoga exercises.
– Duration: approx. 1 hour
Dosha functioning principles
How does Ayurveda exactly work? In order to determine the constitution of the patient, in addition to a comprehensive anamnesis, a detailed clinical examination (including pulse and tongue diagnosis) is necessary. The patient’s individual characteristics are recorded taking into account a multitude of influencing factors. The determination of the pathology and constitution are mainly diagnosed in the so-called dosha ratios. These central dosha active principles are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Every person has an individual dosha ratio. If this original Dosha structure is in its harmonious balance, the person is in a healthy general condition.
Raising awareness for a conscious lifestyle
A detailed treatment plan with various therapy components is then drawn up, taking into account the dosha and guna determination. In the foreground of the multimodal Ayurvedic therapy it is important to balance these characteristics and to eliminate excess dosha. Nutrition plays an important role here. A predominantly warm diet relieves the body and promotes the absorption of regenerative nutrients. The conscious avoidance of snacks between meals and eating at rest are also important components of a change of diet. With the help of an individual change in diet and the use of a wide range of spices, further specific impulses can be given in addition to maintaining the diet. Taking herbal remedies is another element of multimodal Ayurvedic therapy. The respective preparations are selected according to the individual constellation of the case.
Correct exercise is also important in changing behaviour. The use of suitable postures (asanas) from the yoga tradition, which are taught to the patient in the form of physiotherapeutic exercises, is groundbreaking. These exercises also vary depending on the patient’s type of constitution and previous illness and should be integrated into everyday routine wherever possible. The two cause-related approaches of nutrition and behaviour are taught through intensive counselling. The aim is to sensitise the patient to a conscious lifestyle and to motivate him/her to make these essential changes step by step.
Cleansing Pancakarma retreats
A detoxification procedure, a so-called “Panchakarma retreat”, can also be useful. Within the framework of these intensive “cleansing retreats”, treatment is usually carried out over a period of one to three weeks. During this retreat period, the treatments are guaranteed by Ayurvedic menu therapists, nutritionists, yoga therapists and Ayurveda doctors. Oiling with medicated medicinal herbal extracts is used. These treatments alleviate the complaints and activate the self-healing powers. They also help to rid the body of toxic substances that have accumulated over time. Although the organism naturally excretes most of the harmful substances, residues remain occasionally. These can be deposited in the body tissues and promote disease. Medicinal herbs used internally and externally release harmful substances from the tissues and can be excreted from the entire body, particularly via the digestive tract, but also via the nose or in the form of sweating. Our intensive cleansing retreats should be carried out individually or at most in pairs. Here we accompany you with our competent team on the permaculture farm Varzea da Goncala.