During an Ayurvedic Consultation, the
Ayurvedic Practitioner will consider your:
• Appetite • Bowel movements • Energy levels • Sleeping pattern • Circulation • Body temperature • Frame/build • Weight • Complexion • Eyes • Current and past health concerns • Current medication • Family health history
**Please note that you may be sent a questionnaire to complete and return ahead of your consultation to allow for the most efficient use of the actual appointment time **
Diagnosis & Ayurvedic Prescription
Based on the findings from your consultation, the Ayurvedic practitioner will diagnose your doshic balance (current versus optimal) and prescribe a tailor-made Ayurvedic treatment plan, which won’t just help you achieve good health but also maintain it. This plan will suggest various steps, Ayurvedic treatments and techniques to help you return to and/or maintain your natural, optimal doshic balance. Each of the steps, Ayurvedic treatments and techniques generally fall into one of two categories – Reduction or Tonification:
‘Reduction’ in Ayurvedic Therapy
The Ayurvedic practitioner may recommend ‘reduction’ methods to decrease excesses in the body, aiming to eliminate the factors that, according to Ayurveda, cause illnesses. Reduction Ayurvedic treatments are used to get rid of deep-seated toxins as part of illness prevention and internal cleansing programmes. Reduction treatment is called ‘discontenting’ (asantarpana) because it includes practices of discipline, hard living and giving things up. It makes us doubt ourselves and question who we are and what we are doing. It stimulates us to change and give up bad habits that are unsettling our diagnosed optimal doshic balance.
Example Reduction Techniques:
• Detoxing Via Panchakarma • Avoiding Harmful Food Combinations • Eliminating Doshic-Disruptive Foods • Drinking Toxin-Releasing Herbal Teas • Implementing Ayurvedic Massage Treatments To Release Toxin Build Up • Meditating • Addressing Emotional Stress Causes • Bathing • Tongue Brushing
‘Tonification’ in Ayurvedic Therapy
The Ayurvedic practitioner may recommend ‘tonification’ methods to nourish deficiencies in the body and work at building up inadequate energy or lack of substance in the body that may bring illness about. It is indicated in convalescence, or after reduction Ayurvedic treatment methods have been used. Tonification in Ayurvedic therapy is called ‘gladdening’ (santarpana) because it consists of methods to give us greater nourishment, care, relaxation, ease and enjoyment. Gladdening Ayurvedic therapy techniques aim to make us feel better about ourselves; encouraging faith, love and positive attitudes.
Example Tonification Techniques:
• Introducing Complementary Food Combinations • Taking Ayurvedic Herbs • Drinking Nourishing Herbal Teas • Implementing Nourishing Ayurvedic Oil Massages and Treatments • Introducing Yoga • Exercising
In the practice of Ayurveda, the usual rule is to reduce first and then tonify. If we tonify first, we may feed toxins or excess doshas into the body and make matters worse. However, every individual will have a different optimum Ayurvedic path, so there is no one-size-fits-all plan. This is where a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner proves beneficial. You can read more about what’s involved in an Ayurvedic lifestyle on the About Ayurveda page of our website.