Practice

The time-tested science of Ayurveda is based on the following tenets:

Ayurveda does not treat a single ailment. While treating diabetes, for instance, it seeks to restore the human body back to its original state of processing sugar efficiently.

The interconnectedness of all organs is taken into account during the treatment. Ayurveda, therefore, has the wisdom to give a patient of stroke an enema to reduce the accumulation of fluid in his brain. The rectum can expel what the brain cannot handle.

Finally, Ayurveda acknowledges the connection between the body and the mind, and relies on counselling as an enhancement to bodily treatments.

Ayurveda begins diagnosing a patient by Vata, Pitta a comprehensive personal profile that helps identify the patient’s Prakruti (the preponderance of vata, pitta and kapha) as well as life experiences, lifestyle choices, etc. Treatment is then tailored according to the unique needs of the patient.

Ayurveda knows that one person’s medicine is another’s poison. For instance, moderate consumption of bitter gourd juice works well for patients with diabetes and for those with the kapha and Pitta Prakruti. But it can lead to disastrous results for those with the vata prakruti.

Ayurveda can diagnose a disease long before its symptoms become tangible. As a result, it is able to intervene early and suggest preventive measures that lead one towards wellness.

Similarly, after mapping the uniqueness of an individual, it is able to prescribe lifestyle and nutritional changes for the individual to lead a long and healthy life.

Contrary to popular opinion, Ayurveda does not look at human beings through a moral prism. Therefore, when individuals choose to consume non-vegetarian food, alcohol, etc. it will design treatments accordingly while advocating moderation and legality.