This thorough intake process helps the practitioner identify key imbalances, symptoms and potential causes of imbalance and determine suitable treatment options mentioned in Ayurvedic and Yogic science.
What is the Ayurvedic initial consultation and examination?
Ayurvedic examinations generally consist of three parts:
Ayurvedic practitioner checking pulse Observation (Darshan): The practitioner first evaluates general physical health by looking at the client and observing his/her movements, body contour, colour of the skin and eyes, facial lines and ridges, shape of the nose, and qualities of the lips, hair, and nails.
Touch (Sparsha): The practitioner then uses touch, including palpation (working area as per massage therapist way of offerings on parts of the body, called sparshanam in Ayurveda) and also breathes hearing which is listening for sounds made by the internal organs (shrvanaa). There is special focus on the clients pulse evaluation, tongue, nails, and speech.
Questions (Prashna): The Ayurvedic practitioner asks the clients about current pain or complaints or symptoms, as well as the duration of discomfort and disease progression. The Ayurvedic physician or practitioner also inquires about mental and psychological (mind -body) conditions.
How do practitioners make or decide what types of therapies and treatments suitable in the process of BALANCE, HEALTH, and WELLBEING?
Most of the time and specifically in the west we are familiar with visiting a healthcare provider when we feel ill. The provider diagnoses the sickness and determines which pathogens, such as bacteria or virus, caused it. The treatment is then geared toward selecting a technique to battle those pathogens. The same medicines, procedures, and doses are often used for multiple people battling the same illness.
An Ayurvedic evaluation, and healing and balancing therapies and subsequent treatments, differ from this Western process in that the evaluation or disease name is made not only on the disease level (called roga), but also on the client /seeker level (called rogi). The exhaustive examination helps the Ayurvedic practitioner not only evaluate the disorder, but individualize or tailor treatments for each person.
To make a evaluation, the Ayurvedic practitioner uses a method called rogi-roga pareeksha, which combines imbalances and disease analysis with deep ayurvedic examination of each individual.
Practitioner examining a client who is the Ayurvedic practitioner considers the whole human being, believing that people have within them the required doshic or panchmahabhutas (five elemental energy) energy to bring the body back to a healthy, harmonized or balanced, state.
So instead of focusing on a treatment or medicine to heal the illness, the Ayurvedic practitioner concentrates on the techniques that will strengthen the healthy elements inherent in every body, which will in turn help the individual to recover. This tenet is called svabhavoparamavada, and it refers to the Ayurvedic ideal of helping the body call upon its own energy to heal. Bodywork, treatments and herbs, spices, oils, ghee, medicated ghee, teas, are a vital part of this process, but act only to support the body’s self-reparation, rather than cause it.
According to Ayurveda, discomforts and diseases are due to a doshic imbalance. Determining the client’s dosha, and then identifying the root cause of a disease, requires precise training of Ayurvedic education as a Ayurvedic Physician and Specialization.
What are some Ayurvedic treatments?
The Ayurvedic practitioner has a wide array of treatments and therapies at his/her disposal. Practitioners may include a variety of treatments in an individual’s dincharya (daily recommended routine) and ritucharya (seasonal routine) and Ratricharya (Night Regimen).
Herbs and herbal formulas
This ancient practice is key to Ayurvedic medicine, which teaches that the action and effectiveness of each herb is determined by its ras (taste), virya (active potency), and vipak (post-digestive effect). Thus the Ayurvedic administration of herbs is considered a precise science, requiring deep knowledge of plants and their effect on human physiology, biochemistry, and psychology. Ayurveda does not support the theory that herbs are benign and have no side effects. Thus, Ayurvedic herbs should only be guided by qualified Ayurvedic practitioners.
Power tool in Ayurveda -Detox, Panchakarma Programme
Generally this multi-step detoxification regimen is thought to remove ama(a toxin). The regimen includes massage, steam treatment, vamana (induced vomiting), virechana (use of prescribed herbal and oil-based laxatives) and basti (medicated enema), bloodletting, and nasya (a nasal treatment). These treatments are followed by a strict dietary and herbal regimen, a rejuvenating therapy, and recommendations for daily routines. Note: this invasive procedure requires the supervision of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner; contraindications and side effects should be closely monitored.
But these are done very differently in the west. Here Ayurvedic Physician will guide the client what are the therapies available and doable as per the client and season.
Diet and nutrition
Diet is recommended as per the current imbalance and what must be taken care first. Ayurvedic diet and nutrition practices are vital to healthy living, and are important components of treatment, recovery, rebalance and disease management. Dietary practices are tailored to each individual’s constitution, with six primary “tastes” forming the basis for practitioners’ recommendations:
Sweet: promotes strength and nourishes all tissues
Sour: stimulates digestive power
Salty: maintains water electrolyte balance
Pungent: improves digestion and absorption
Bitter: stimulates all other tastes
Astringent: helps in absorption
These treatments are performed by trained doctors of ayurveda or therapists who work under the supervision of trained Ayurvedic practitioners. Oils are selected and prepared according to the practitioner’s specific imbalance and disease.
This special technique involves dripping medicated oil on the forehead, or “third eye region”. The type of medicated oil used, the number and length of treatments, and the duration of the overall therapy must be determined by an Ayurvedic practitioner, and performed by a trained Ayurvedic physician or massage therapist under proper supervision.
And likewise all the therapies mentioned here in services section.