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05 June 2003

The ayurvedic treatment

The most important factor in Ayurveda is “the determination of individual constitution” (Prakriti Pariksha). Once an ayurvedic practitioner has learnt the basic principles of ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, he/she has the background knowledge to recognise the different conditions of the doshas in different individuals.

Constitutional examination
The most important factor in Ayurveda is “the determination of individual constitution” (Prakriti Pariksha). Once an ayurvedic practitioner has learnt the basic principles of ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, he/she has the background knowledge to recognise the different conditions of the doshas in different individuals.

doshas in their various states, not necessarily one who knows how to diagnose many diseases. While the former knowledge gives us the knowledge of the life force and how to balance it, the latter gets us caught in the disease as the primary factor and ceases to be holistic. While Western medicine is more concerned with classifying the disease, Ayurveda aims at understanding the life force beneath it and learning to work with it.

Getting a complete picture of the patient
It is up to the practitioner to find out as much as possible about every facet of the patient's life that can affect his/her health, including things like their character and personality, medical history and their astrological sign. Once the practitioner has a complete picture of the patient, it is up to him/her to identify the imbalances within the doshas and to prescribe appropriate treatments that will alleviate these distress-causing imbalances.

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic treatment is based on three steps: medicines, therapy and lifestyle management. The practitioner chooses the therapy/therapies that are appropriate to the patient's constitution and his/her particular dosha imbalance. A practitioner may choose from an extensive range of therapies and medicines.

Lifestyle management
Usually I perform lifestyle management therapy on groups of about five to seven people. I take them to hillside for one to two weeks, where I teach them ideal lifestyle techniques, including ahhaar (balanced diet), vihhaar (yoga and pranayama) and vichaar (thought) I try to change their way of thinking through the use of music therapy and meditation.

vaajikarna) clinic where I treat patients with medicines and psychotherapy.

What causes disease?
The human tridosha equilibrium (HTE), or the balance of Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha, is basis for health and disease. These three doshas are equally important in maintaining the mental health of a person.

doshas. Doshas may be defined as a factor of Prana (vital energy), which constitutes the individual's parkriti (a person’s fundamental nature), controls the physiological functions and initiates pathology changes.

doshas means "the ones". If these doshas are individually or collectively increased or decreased, they are capable of corrupting the body tissues and organs and disease ensues.

doshas and hence ensure good health. In order to derive any benefit from Ayurveda, it is of utmost importance that we evaluate all individual constitutions on the basis of these three doshas.

 
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