Is Ayurveda a diet?
In a word, no. Ayurveda is not a diet, it is a way of life. Food being part of our lifestyle naturally becomes part of Ayurvedic treatment. Often, poor nutrition is the culprit of disease (second to stress). You should expect this to form a major part of a consultation and to receive detailed advice as to what to favour and avoid, as well as how to prepare and cook certain foods.
Will I have to give up lots of the things I eat?
It all depends on your eating habits and imbalances. Naturally, if your diet includes foods, drinks and habits that do not serve you well then you’ll be advised to give them a wide berth! It’s useful to understand that Ayurveda is not a diet, but that diet/nutrition is a part of Ayurveda.
Where does Ayurveda come from?
Ayurveda originated centuries ago in ancient India. The oldest Ayurvedic text, the Charaka Samhita, written in Sanskrit, dates back to around 400 C.E. The traditional method teaching of Ayurveda was done verbally but has since been written down and translated into many languages across the globe and is taught using modern methods.
Can Ayurveda help with mental health issues?
Absolutely. Mental health is as important as physical health, we just can’t see it when something is wrong until a mental illness sets in and takes hold of our behaviours or sleep. Mental illness is a form of imbalance that can be treated with Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle changes.
Is Ayurveda a medicine?
Ayurveda is a science and a way of life. There are Ayurvedic medicines, many of which you will find in your kitchen cupboards such as coriander seeds, honey, turmeric (but not in capsules!), all sorts of herbs and foods.
Foods such as avocado, coconut oil/water and nut butters have had moments under the spotlight in food trends but will not always be consumed under the right circumstances. Food is a medicine in Ayurvedic terms and must be taken in that way, you don’t take pain killers for the sake of it and food should be seen in the same way!
How does a traditional medicine practice work in today’s world?
Traditional and modern medicine can work beautifully alongside one another but can also be used independently. It is a matter of preference which method you would prefer to use. Both require a level of understanding as to how they will help you back to good health and so it is highly advisable to speak to a professional before taking any medicines.