How Ayurvedic Medicine Works


While using Ayurvedic Medicine, you must understand that the medicine’s role is basically to ensure prevention of diseases. To maintain a healthy life style, you must give importance to using herbs and controlling your eating habits.

Alternative therapies are meant to re-connect the body, mind and spirit. Enthusiasts believe that once all three elements have been re-connected, wellness and prevention of illnesses will naturally follow. When you use Ayurvedic medicine, your body gets healed of illnesses from the inside. The entire aim of the medicine is to allow our bodies to work with nature in achieving the perfect amount of ‘doshas’ in our body. To make our bodies more resistant to ailments, we must rid and cleanse ourselves of any additional doshas.

Your body can be determined by three qualities known as Doshas. These qualities are fire, water, air, earth or space. One dosha is usually predominant in an individual while there are at least two others that exist. Another thing to note is that they are not constant and hence can change due to a variety of reasons.
Ayurvedic practitioners can gauge what the right balance of dosha for an individual is through a series of thorough questions. Once the dosha has been determined, they can attempt to correct the balance. You will also have to endure a physical test/examination. Your dietary trends and lifestyle will be judged by the practitioner. Another thing that will be assessed is your convalescence from illnesses. Based on the results, the Ayurvedic practitioner will devise a treatment plan that is exactly suited to your needs.

Where can I find an Ayuverdic Practitioner?
You will be able to find an Ayurvedic Practitioner in your area through research. You should ask people you know whether they know of a trustworthy practitioner. Another easy way is to search the worldwide web because there is an abundance of information available. Another important thing to do is that once you have met the practitioner, you should first find out about their experience in the field.

Can you be an Ayurvedic Practitioner?
If you are interested in being on the practitioner end of Ayurvedic treatments, then you must pursue Ayurvedic training. Some specialists are trained at a medical or nursing school while others have received their training in naturopathic medicine.

If you live in the U.S, you might face a little difficulty in finding licensed and approved Ayurvedic schools. That’s because the U.S. doesn’t have a nationwide method of training and certification for Ayurvedic practitioners. However, to counter this problem a few Ayurvedic organizations have collaborated to define standards that would solve this problem.

Surprisingly, there is an absolutely different story in India. More than 150 undergraduate colleges in India pursue this field of medicine while there are more than 30 post graduate collages for further studies as well.
In the end, it is important to remind you that this field of medicine is different from the usual and hence, you will not find the same environment that you find at your usual family doctor. Unlike normal medicine, your ailment will not be the only thing focused on, rather; you will be treated as a ‘whole person’ instead of just treating the ailing part of your body.

How to obtain Ayurvedic training?


There are many ways through which one can obtain Ayurvedic training; online classes, seminars, weekend workshops, etc as well as graduate and undergraduate programs. The necessities and system followed for Ayurvedic training schools vary according to the country you are in. Within the U.S, these regulations even vary state by state. However, there is a highly structured system for Ayurvedic medicine, perhaps because it is this country that this form of medicine was developed in. Students in India can pursue a doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine.

This form of medicine was first discovered almost 5000 years ago and it claims to be a holistic answer to health and spiritual satisfaction. By following the practices of diet management, lifestyle adoption, meditation and other smaller rituals like massages, etc you can balance your bides bioenergies i.e. your metabolism, your motion and your growth. In other words, you may balance your ‘pitta’, ‘vata’ and ‘kapha’.

In India, you will get a very thorough education in Ayurvedic medicine with extensive course work in herbal medicine and nutrition. You can even find classes for spiritual exercises, massages and yoga. In addition, more conventional topics such as psychology and biology are also taught along with these courses. It is advised that if you wish to pursue higher studies in this field, then you may also learn all about biophysics, biofeedback, healing oils and abnormal psychology. Just like in normal medicine, even in Ayurvedic studies students must gain some practical experience after their graduation so that they are able to pursue post grad education. You will be able to find several reputable Indian schools that provide ayurvedic education. You can find out all about them through recommendation by your practitioner or through ayurvedic associations.
On the other hand there are countries like the U.S.A where there is no well set up regulation system for ayurvedic medicine. However there are recognized standards and a code of ethics for practitioners to follow. All these regulations have been set up by the U.S National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) but participation for interested people is entirely voluntary. It is through this organization that students can find out more about the process of education and training. Once the appropriate guidelines have been followed and graduates have fulfilled their educational standards, they may join NAMA.

You may also get trained in Ayurvedic medicine online. Via internet you will have to follow a specifically set course based on prescribed text books with the assistance of correspondence and other online content. You will be tested online as well. However, the drawback is that it doesn’t offer any practical experience which is why most renowned Ayurvedic Associations do not accept this form of training. Students may also receive training through seminars or weekend classes. Institutes like the California College of Ayurveda offer a complete training program to students spanning over 24 weekends. There may be additional seminars and weekend programs that allow focusing on a particular field of advance studies in Ayurveda such as in massage training, yoga, etc.