Visiting an Ayurvedic Doctor; what to expect in your first visit?
Visiting an Ayurvedic doctor is nothing like a regular round to the modern medical clinic. The 5000-year-old stream of medicine emphasizes on a very personalized way of treatment that mainly focuses on treating the problems to eradicate the symptoms. It is a holistic healing system that goes beyond blanketing your symptoms and offering temporary quick fixes.
People have hailed Ayurveda for its simple, safe, effective and long-lasting cures for constipation, IBS, skin conditions, arthritis, hair-loss, infertility and, low libido but Ayurveda is also equally efficient in managing or curing more complex health hazards like diabetes, asthma, strokes, stress, depression, insomnia and the list goes on.
So, what to expect in your first visit to an Ayurvedic healthcare provider?
A consultation session with an Ayurvedic doctor goes beyond listing the symptoms and scribbling a prescription. It delves deeper probing all aspects of your life, from your sleep routine to your dietary habits, your personal worries and professional space, your level of physical activeness and postures. It considers your medical history as a base and checks all parameters of your life to spot the leak that’s costing your health.
This thorough process of noting down the minute details helps the practitioner to identify the root cause of your problems, the imbalances in your body and accordingly determine a personalized treatment plan best suitable to you.
So, when you plan to visit an Ayurvedic practitioner be prepared to shed light on every aspect of your life so that the doctor can identify the actual cause of your troubles and curb the effects by eliminating the cause.
The detailed process of Ayurvedic examination
Darshan (Observation): Darshan means meeting the patient in person. The doctor evaluates the physical attributes of your health (weight, body mass, skin texture, colour of eyes, body movements, etc.) which gives a clear idea about your overall constitution. From the postures to the walk, the eyes and mannerism everything can signify an important aspect of your health.
Sparshana (Touch):The second is the examination of touch. In this, the practitioner examines the pulse, palpation, sounds of the organs, and may press parts of the body to gauge the pain or other complaints. The Ayurvedic doctor also checks the tongue, nails and speech. Depending on the observations, the doctor might also suggest laboratory tests for more details.
Prashana (Questions):This is the third and most important phase of the consultation. Questions or doctor-patient communication is pivotal to better judgement and treatment. The practitioner probes several aspects of your life and depending on the answers; lifestyle moderations along with the medications might be suggested. Rather than knowing the symptoms, the emphasis is given to – ‘Why you are getting these symptoms?’
Why such a lengthy process?
Human body is a complex machine and every function is intricately connected with another. The problems in digestion might be a consequence of sleep deprivation or stress or bad elimination. The pain in the body might be because of inactivity, obesity or bad posture. The sleeplessness might be caused by some unresolved feelings, depression or poor diet. So, a single problem might trace back to a different source, hence it is prudential to identify the cause in order to combat its effect.
Ayurvedic diagnoses and treatments
Unlike general healthcare practice where the healthcare provider makes a diagnosis based on the symptoms and test reports and offers the same treatment to one and all, Ayurvedic way of healing might be different for different individuals.
Ayurveda recognizes that every individual is unique and that their uniqueness needs to be considered while dealing with diseases or disorders. The diagnosis, as well as the remedies, are decided based on the disease as well as lifestyle of the patient. And to reach a holistic conclusion the practitioner thoroughly follows an exhaustive examination and prepares a tailor-made treatment plan concurring with the patient’s level of comfort.
Bases on the medical philosophies of Ayurveda, the practitioner identifies the doshic imbalance of the patient. Once that is determined, the practitioner mostly knows how the flow goes for the person. A little more personalized details from the patient help him in developing a customized treatment plan that best suits the patient. The medicines, dosages, timings are prescribed to deliver maximum benefits and minimal or zero side effects.
Why is it important to determine the dosha and personalize the treatment plan?
“What may be a medicine to one might be the poison for another.” This is very true when it comes to human nature. Knowing the dosha helps the doctor to identify what will suit the patient and what might cause a side-effect. E.g. some people might experience slow digestion or drowsiness from some herbal concoctions while others might be just perfect. So, it is important to know the patient well to forecast the body’s interaction and reactions with the herbal prescriptions, and determine the dosages and medicines accordingly.
Ayurveda is a vast subject and it encompasses a diverse array of treatment options. From yoga to meditation, Pranayama to Panchakarma, Ayurvedic diet to herbal formulas, Abhyanga to detox there is a number of ways the practitioner may approach the process of restoring one back to health.
Yoga is a widely popular form of Ayurveda that helps in relieving stress, restoring body-mind balance, strengthening immunity and fighting a diverse array of diseases. From insomnia to constipation everything can be cured by yoga.
The best natural way to combat stress, anxiety, depression and a myriad of health problems, Ayurveda professes meditation for maintaining that proper balance in mind-body-spirit.
Pranayama or breathing exercises is another important tool that helps in restoring good health of an individual. A quick fix for anxiety and fatigue and an efficient remedy for heart health, the effectiveness of Pranayama is backed by many evidences from modern science.
Panchakarma is the most powerful method of detoxification which aims to remove toxins from the body. Panchakarma is mostly practiced to restore good health and promote complete well-being of an individual.
Ayurveda studies the constituents and effects of various herbs on the body. It uses the blessings of nature in precise proportions to enhance health, vitality and longevity while fighting diseases and disorders.
Diet is a very important aspect of Ayurveda. Ayurveda emphasizes on the importance of healthy nutrients while cutting down on unhealthy foods to enjoy optimum health. Ayurveda promotes healthy living with healthy diet and also to prevent diseases.
Ayurvedic massages are performed by trained therapists using medicated oils to relax the body and promote well being by relieving stress and pain, promoting blood circulation, boosting digestion and sleep. This should be supervised by a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.
This is a special Ayurvedic relaxing and rejuvenation technique in which medicated oil is dripped on the forehead between the eye-brows. The type of medicated oil used, the number of sessions and the time of each session must be determined by an Ayurvedic practitioner, and performed by a trained massage therapist.
Ayurveda is more than simple home remedies and DIY tricks. It is complex and needs expert supervision for right implementation and results. Please consider visiting an Ayurvedic doctor before administering any Ayurvedic products.