Welcome to Ayurvedic
Wellness with Melanie
AYURVEDA (eye-your-vay-dah), science of life, is over 5,000 years old, and has been called Yoga’s sister science. It’s a holistic system that addresses the whole person physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In this way a person’s state of body, mind and spirit are assessed. To design an individualized treatment plan a person’s current conditions, lifetime history, past and current tendencies are looked at (along with pulse diagnosis and a detailed discussion). In this way we don’t just treat symptoms but we bring the body back into balance and from there it can continue to heal.
People seek out ayurveda for many reasons. Some are attracted to Ayurveda because they want to better understand themselves and some come for specific ailments. We all want better digestion, we want to eat better, have better overall health and Ayurveda provides that. Those with specific ailments like allergies, asthma, sinus problems, skin conditions, weight management, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, ulcers, acid indigestion, gastritis, other digestive ailments, auto immune disorders, arthritis, reproductive problems, and so many other diseases or dis-eases can be addressed through this Ayurvedic path back to health. Often people have tried other medical care or other healing modalities and then come to Ayurveda when the other therapies didn’t help. But Ayurvedic medicine is also complimentary to existing treatment plans and paths.
Wherever you are on your path of wellness, ayurveda treats each patient individually. Ayurveda offers a process of educating, self-awareness, and healing from the root cause of symptoms. In this way healing organically unfolds when we heal from our deepest inner digestive layers and out to the periphery.
Although originally from India, many healing modalities derived from ayurveda. Hundreds of years ago it influenced the beginning of procedures that are part of modern medicine. (There are three Great Ayurvedic texts that influenced medicine: Charaka Samhita (contains poetic prose of internal medicine), Sushruta Samhita (ayurvedic surgery), and Ashtanga Hridayam (physiology of the body and treatments). Furthermore marma therapy, a bodywork threrapy in ayurveda, is similar to acupressure, later spread to other parts of Asia and became what we know of acupunture today.
In ayurveda we focus on an individual’s unique needs regarding food and daily activities to bring the body into complete health. We can balance our life through observation of nature’s cycles. When we are in sync with nature, and ride the waves of the seasons, deep healing can occur almost spontaneously.
Ayurveda and the elemental theory: All existence is made up of five elements and these elements have qualities that occur differently in each individual. The human body has three main body types called doshas (see dosha section for more info): Vata (made up of the qualities of air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). These doshas determine the personality, tendencies, and habits of an individual. Ayurveda says there are as many doshic mixes and as many possible imbalances as there are people. So while Ayurveda is a science of life, it is also a science for each individual, treating each person uniquely.
Mantra for Healing
Om bhur bhuva svaha
Tat savitur varenym
Bargo devasya dimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat