1. What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional health care system that has been followed in the Indian Subcontinent for the past 5,000 years. It sees the body not as a collection of organs but as a delicately-balanced system of complex functions, constantly rebalancing itself based on the external environment.
Every individual is considered unique and the remedies recommended in Ayurveda are based on each person’s body type, not just on their symptoms.
2. How is Ayurveda relevant now?
In Ayurveda, health is deﬁned as the state where the physical body, senses and psyche are all in equilibrium. Even though genetic makeup is an important aspect of one’s physical and functional attributes, it fails to explain or help us to manage the vast majority of chronic lifestyle issues.
It is currently understood that the expression of genes largely depends on environmental factors. Consistent with this belief, Ayurveda emphasizes the role of environmental factors, daily routine, seasonal changes, lifestyle, diet, regular exercise and herbs in maintaining balance and health.
To avoid illness and maintain good health, Ayurveda emphasizes that all factors related to the body and mind must be simultaneously in balance.
3. Which health conditions can be treated using Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is not just a medical science: it is ‘The Science of Healthy Living’. The herbs and treatments it recommends are not just for relief from symptoms, but also for creating the ideal circumstances for healing. Ayurvedic treatments enable your body to heal naturally, without becoming dependent on medicines.
The most common conditions that we have successfully treated at The Circle are:
- Weight loss
- Issues with inflammation
- Chronic pains
- Bone and joint issues
- Chronic sinusitis
- Stress and anxiety
- Digestive issues
- A combination of the above
4. How do you apply Ayurveda to your life?
We are fortunate to have access to Ayurvedic herbs and spices at The Circle. When a person shows symptoms of an illness, we can usually use the natural ingredients at hand, such as ginger, turmeric or ghee.
The results are seen as fast (or even faster) than mainstream medication. Once recovered, our natural immunity has gained the ability to effectively fight against any further attacks.
5. How much time is required to complete a general Ayurvedic treatment plan?
The length of the treatment depends upon the completion of these three stages:
- Purvakarma – Preparatory Phase
- Panchakarma – Detox Phase
- Paschat Karma – Nourishing phase
Based on the condition or health goals, the intensity and duration of these three phases will vary:
- For a person looking for health maintenance and rejuvenation, the first phase is normally about three to five weeks.
- Cleansing may take from one day, up to a further three weeks.
- As part of your Ayurvedic routine, cleansing with specific herbs and oils is recommended for a varying amount of time, as we focus on specific chronic ailments.
- It can take up to three months to attain deep cleansing, weight loss and recovery from longstanding health conditions.
6. Will my diet be exclusively vegetarian?
Ayurveda advocates a diet based on the local availability of seasonal produce and the use of fresh ingredients. It will be a healthy mix of locally-farmed organic vegetables, fruits, nut, seeds, grains and plant proteins.
For those who prefer or require animal protein, this is also permitted, dependent upon the health condition, suggested herbs and dosha principles.
7. Will I feel hungry all the time?
Ayurveda does not demand calorie control or starvation. Instead, you develop your food awareness, understanding of flavours and commit to a well-balanced diet based on your body’s nature and needs.
Reflections by Dr. Mathew
Ayurveda gradually became more than simply my profession. Instead, it became second nature, a way of living that has been my passion for about two decades.
The most important lessons that Ayurveda has taught me are to never put a name on an illness unless you have a remedy for it and to never suggest a remedy with any known side effects, whatever the positive benefits it may have.
Let Ayurveda transform your Mind, Body & Soul
Curious about how Ayurvedic mental health treatment can rebalance your own mind, body and soul? This ancient holistic approach is now available in Brighton & Hove.
We have an Ayurvedic Detox Workshop on 25th April and offer one-to-one appointments with Dr Shijoe Mathew at The Circle Holistic Health Clinic including consultations and massage treatments.