Frequently Asked Questions about Ayurvedic Treatments-Ayurhitam.
Is Ayurveda still relevant to this age? How?
Ayurvedic principles of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are based in the 5 elements of nature.
One of Ayurveda’s wonders is its customization ability. It can be practiced on any individual in any part of the world because it is the science of life and the science of how to live in different situations and circumstances. All the tools to treat a wide variety of conditions are already provided in ancient texts. Ayurveda makes it easy to take health in one’s own hands.
Do you have to be Vegetarian/Vegan to follow Ayurveda?
Not at all. Ayurveda has no compulsion of being Vegetarian/Vegan.
Ayurvedic principles can be applied to all diets and every cuisine can be made Ayurvedic.
Ayurveda suggests controlling meat intake only in cases where meat intake is the cause of a person’s disease and discomfort. Sometimes, some digestive systems are very sensitive to meats. For those people, meat intake is suggested to be limited.
Is religion involved in Ayurveda?
Ayurveda does not preach any religion. It teaches us to focus on the intention behind every action and every choice we make in our day-to-day life which affects our health. It talks about spirituality as a way to be accountable for our choices and to find the optimal balance in every aspect of life.
Do you have to eat Indian food while practicing Ayurveda?
No. Any cuisine can be cooked Ayurvedically. It is about focusing on the 6 tastes and which tastes are suitable or not suitable for our bodies. That has nothing to do with Indian food but everything to do with ingredients used in cooking and the style of cooking food.
Do Ayurvedic herbs have heavy metals in them?
Ayurvedic herbs procured from trusted sources are tested and treated for heavy metal content. The soil in which herbs grow itself has some metal content which is why some herbs have metal content in them. However, after testing and carefully treating the herbs, reliable sources ensure there is no toxicity for the body before making medicines from the herbs.
How can Ayurveda take care of emerging new conditions?
Ayurveda is dated 5,000 years back. It has, however given all the tools and principles to apply to a wide range of conditions, even the new emerging ones like various cancers, new diseases like COVID, etc. And once we understand the qualities of these new imbalances, it is possible to manage those Ayurvedically because Ayurveda focuses on root-cause analysis.
Is Ayurveda expensive because of no insurance coverage?
This is a myth. Ayurveda is a Wellness practice and not a medical practice in the West. That is the reason it does not have insurance coverage. However, the cost of Ayurvedic treatments are affordable and pocket friendly to a large extent. The difference is many invisible costs to lab, medicines, diagnostics, insurance premium etc.
And Ayurvedic treatments are usually designed to help you take health in your own hands after a few visits with the Practitioner to set up a routine. The cost in most cases is quite like a one-time investment and in the range of a couple hundred bucks about 3 to 4 times.
Do Ayurvedic treatments take a long time to work?
It depends on the condition and on the severity of the condition. It also depends on how regular and meticulous you are with following the recommendations and protocols.
Ayurvedic regimens work quite quickly in a lot of situations when the client is dedicated and follows the treatments in a disciplined way.
For chronic and long term conditions, removing it from root cause and making it sustainable takes time.
Are Ayurvedic medicines nothing but spices from Grandma’s kitchen?
Ayurveda believes in using food as medicine. It believes in the healing power of many herbs and spices found in our kitchens. When practiced correctly, these principles do a great job of keeping you healthy and balancing your gut flora. However, all ayurvedic medicines are not prepared so simply. They consist of complex processes, including various testings, treatments and formulations. Kitchen spices are only one part of healing via food. Herbal preparations are a whole different expert process.
Different routes Ayurvedic herbs can be given?
Just like iV, transdermal, Ayurveda also uses oral route, skin, nostrils, rectum and mucous membranes for administration
Herbs can be taken orally as powders, pills or syrups, etc.
Medicated oils can be applied topically as Abhyanga.
Medicated oils can be administered via nostrils in form of Nasya.
Oil or decoctions can be given via rectum to remove imbalances in form of Bastis.