The whole exercise and purpose of Ayurvedic treatment is to help us remove the excess Doshas and toxins accumulated over the years due to incompatible and incorrect life-style.
The excess Doshas and toxins may/may not have caused any apparent disease thus far but nevertheless Ayurvedic pulse reading and diagnosis helps us to see subtle disturbances. Such disturbances, if left unchecked, may contribute later on to further excess Doshas and toxins accumulating and further disturbance to your Prakriti. The pulse readings give us a ‘road map’ showing us where we have come from, where we are now, and also where we are heading. This allows us to take the necessary steps to remove excess Doshas now and adjust our lifestyle to continue to manage our Prakriti for the rest of our lives.
We can achieve the correction, restoration and management of your constitution through short- and long-term treatment. An explanation of these approaches is given below.
Short -Term Treatment:
The period of short-term treatment is not fixed but depends on your needs and much will depend on you; your attitude, discipline and commitment; also the degree of any disturbances and how stubborn the excess Doshas are to remove. Typically this short-term intensive treatment may last for one to several months. Panchakarma may follow after one or more months once you are suitably stable and prepared, and a seven-day intensive program would be generally recommended. All short-term treatment will be individually prepared to suit your unique constitution and will focus on detoxification.
This aspect of treatment mainly deals with lifestyle management, meaning, how to live your life on a moment-to-moment basis without disturbing your natural and unique state (Prakriti). This starts now and continues throughout your life.
This phase of the treatment includes gaining knowledge on how to manage your
Dietetics, exercise, attitude, work, relationships, the ever-changing environment and climate and seasons; and developing an appropriate time-management routine. This life long approach is what traditional Ayurveda is really all about, the awareness and practical application of this knowledge each day and in every moment to manage your unique Prakriti. However, this understanding has been almost entirely lost today and the focus is often on treatment only. Here, we treat each patient with long-term stability in mind.
While short-term treatment is very important when Doshas are aggravated and disturbed (for detoxification) and to rebuild and nurture (for rejuvenation), treatment is still a temporary aspect – not the main or only consideration. Unfortunately today, for reasons of commercial gain, Ayurveda has been sold as an alternative medical system and Ayurvedic herbs and treatments are used to treat symptoms of disease rather than the underlying more subtle disturbances of the whole individual.
Traditional Ayurveda works to remove excess Doshas and to support and educate the individual (often times disease symptoms may disappear or reduce once a person’s Doshas become more stable and an individual takes on more responsibility for managing their life).