Ayurveda (literally translated “the science of life”) is the most ancient and comprehensive healing system in the world, having originated in India over 2500 years ago. It’s rich history of oral and written traditions — and it’s time — tested approaches to health and longevity — attracted the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Egyptians, and Pershians. Today, this revered body of knowledge is being rediscovered by the modern world, to great efficacy.
By changing and modifying certain aspects of one’s life, Ayurveda attempts to balance the mind, body and spirit through diet, lifestyle, exercise, and cleansing. In North America, Ayurveda is considered a form of alternative medicine and like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda is a whole medical system. It is based on theories of health and illness and on methods of preventing and treating health conditions.
What does an assessment involve?
Your Ayurvedic practitioner may begin an assessment by asking questions about your health, diet and lifestyle. The questioning may not last very long, however,based on what the practitioner observes, he or she may use several techniques of questioning during the consultation to determine your dosha type.
Techniques used in Ayurveda diagnostics involve examination of the body including the pulse, skin, lips, nails, tongue, face and eyes. The tongue is examined, for example, because its appearance is believed to provide clues about areas of the body that may be out of balance. Pulse diagnosis is also an important tool because the health of the entire mind body constitution can be determined from the pulse, including the balance of the doshas, the health of the various organs, advance warning signs of potential problems. By detecting early symptoms of imbalance and disease reaction in the body, one can take preventive steps to correct the problem before it manifests into a major one.
After the assessment, the practitioner will determine an individual’s unique balance of doshas. One dosha is usually predominant and may be unbalanced, usually due to poor diet and unhealthy habits.