Healthcare Perspectives - Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine, also called Ayurveda, is one of the world's oldest medical systems originating in India several thousand years ago. Ayurveda, which literally means "the science of life," is based on the twin principles of wholeness and balance. It is a comprehensive system of medicine that places equal emphasis on the body, mind, and spirit and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual. In Ayurvedic philosophy, people, their health and the universe are interconnected and it is viewed that health problems result when any of these relationships are out of balance. Diet, sleep, lifestyle, daily and seasonal routines and internal cleansing are just as, or more important than herbs and medicines in order to maintain good health. Therefore, a chief aim of Ayurvedic practices is to cleanse the body of substances that can cause disease and to reestablish harmony and balance.

Some of the primary Ayurvedic treatments include diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, massage, exposure to sunlight and controlled breathing. Because many Ayurvedic treatments require changes in diet, lifestyle and personal habits, practitioners expect patients to be active participants in their treatment and maintenance of health. Practitioners will develop individualized treatment plans that are intended to rebalance and strengthen the constitution of their patients and may also include people who know the patient well and can help in their treatment.

In general, Ayurvedic treatments use several approaches, often more than one at a time to ultimately restore and support the balance of one's body, mind and spirit, internally and externally. Thus Ayurvedic Medicine is as equally beneficial in maintaining or preserving good health as it is in treating disorders

Examples of Modalities within Ayurvedic Medicine

  • Ayuverdic Nutrition
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Vaastu Therapy
  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Asana
  • Energy Medicine
  • Pranayama (Breathwork)

Licensure

You must have a healthcare license to practice this form of medicine


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