Updated: Dec 26, 2020
Food, lifestyle, environment, emotions and thoughts are some of the many inputs to our body system. Improper quantity and quality of these inputs become a short term "cause" for imbalances in our body and over time may result in disease. Cause and effect is an important diagnosis tool and the first step in any Ayurvedic treatment plan is removing the cause or modifying it.
A typical Ayurvedic health plan begins with changing your eating habits, eliminating certain foods from your diet or simply fasting along with some digestive herbs or teas. Some people are able to follow this kind of advice very well while others find it an absolute impossibility!
So if you're seeking Ayurvedic treatment and wondering if this system of medicine will work for you, try to answer these two simple questions:
1. Do you suspect that your diet, lifestyle, the supplements you are taking may have something to do with your current health issue? Yes or No
2. Are you willing to make changes in your diet and lifestyle? Yes or No
If your answer is "No" to both questions then Ayurveda is probably not for you!
On the other hand, if your answer is "Yes" and if you're looking to change the status of your health in unique ways then you're probably looking in the right place. I look forward to chatting with you about how Ayurvedic principles work for you so you can start experiencing a balance in your health.
Below is my favorite quote that sums up my thoughts above:
कालार्थकर्मणां योगो हीनमिथ्यातिमात्रक: । सम्यग्योगश्च विज्ञेयो रोगारोग्यैक कारणम् ॥
Translation: This sutra (verse) from Ashtang Hrudaya talks about how diseases and health manifest in us:
Diseases are caused by Improper use, Over use or Under use of factors below :
Time cycles (day, night, seasonal change & age related change)
Body senses (sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell)
Body Functions (bowel clearance, urination, etc.)
When there is imbalance or balance in these factors, it manifests as the cause of Disease (Roga) or cause of Health (swasthya).