In our last edition, we told you about the benefits that Ayurveda can provide the level of health. But if you feel anxious, stressed or depressed, the health system can help you.
Ayurveda is a traditional medicine originating in India, which has existed for over 5000 years. This science is known in the West since the ’80s.The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, United States (New Mexico) has much to do in the recognition of Ayurveda in North America. The objective of this therapeutic system is to achieve self-knowledge and spiritual awakening, and restore perfect health.
However, to Ayurveda, health does not have the same meaning as in Western medicine. A person is considered healthy if all goes well in his life physically, emotionally and spiritually, and also in his career. He must also have genuine relationships based on love. The word Ayurveda means science of life or longevity.
What is Ayurveda Like?
According Ayurveda, every human being consists of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether. In Ayurveda, these five elements are grouped in pairs to form three doshas. An excess dosha causes degeneration and disease. Therefore, it needs to be rebalanced for the person to be brought back to health.
Each person is born with the three doshas, but we all have a dominant dosha. Land and water form the Kapha dosha, water and fire up the pitta and the air and ether together to create the vata. In Ayurveda, everything revolves around the doshas. When a person experiences an emotional problem it is because one of them is in excess, and is therefore unbalanced.
How Therapists Guide You
If you see a therapist, he will first identify your constitution; that is to say, determine what dosha is dominant in you. He looks at the trends of the person for an explanation of what they qualify as. He identifies the cause of imbalances. Each person has negative basic ideas about themselves, values inoculated into the subconscious mind. The therapist tries to identify which central idea it is that causes negative emotions, in order to untie the knots.
The therapist will suggest changes that you can make in your lifestyle or your diet, to find an optimal state of psychological health. If you’re anxious, he will inspire you to find moments of peace in your life and can give you some herbs that will soothe you.
Initially, 80% of health problems come from an inappropriate lifestyle. The lifestyle includes the time of your meals and rest time, the time you take to eat, how much exercise you do and the number of hours you sleep.
Therapists can also offer different treatments. The marma treatment is the application of essential oils or creams that contain herbs on specific points of the body to circulate vital energy. The Shirodhara is a treatment during which the patient is lying down and receives a light drizzle of oil on the forehead. This has a very soothing and relaxing effect. There are also other massages and treatments tailored to the constitution of each person.
Ayurveda is a healing discipline. The therapist is there to guide you, but your willingness is needed to initiate change. There is no predetermined number of sessions. It depends on the needs of each client. In general, therapists provide an initial consultation and make a follow-up after a few weeks.
What Is Your Constitution Like?
Here is a table that you can better identify what dosha is dominant in you:
Vata people are creative, able to manage change, artistic and enthusiastic. These people are excellent communicators, have a lot of energy and can handle multiple tasks at once. When this dosha is imbalanced, they tend to be anxious, too excited and even hyperactive.
Those with a Pitta dosha are natural leaders with a quick wit and good intelligence. They are brave and not afraid to assert themselves. When the dosha is in excess, they can become “controlling”, aggressive, violent, angry and competitive.
Those with a dominant Kapha dosha are often pleased and happy. They are calm and patient. They are there to support others and have the capacity to forgive. If their dosha is imbalanced, they become greedy, materialistic, easily depressed and dependent.
For more information, check out some books
- Some books by Deepak Chopra.
- Gopi Warrier, Harish Verma and Karen Sullivan, Secrets of Ayurveda, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2001.
- David Fawley, Ayurveda and the Mind, Lotus Press, 1997.
- Dr. Vinod Verma, Ayurveda – A Way of Life, Weiser Books, 1995.