What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means the science of life. This ancient healing system, which dates back to India over 3,000 years, bears at its heart the concept that the symptoms of illness indicate an imbalance in the mind, body and spirit that needs to be fixed to restore wellness.
The Basic Principles of Ayurveda
Ayurveda's principle lies in the belief that the human body is formed by five equal elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The state of a person's health depends on the dosha or the constitution of these five elements in their body, which are of three types: Kapha, Vata and Pitta.
If a person's dosha is Kapha, it means their body's constitution consists of water and earth. A Vata person's constitution is largely made up of air and space, while a Pitta person is predominantly made up of fire and water. When the constitution of their body is off-balance, they will experience symptoms of a health condition.
What are the Benefits of Online Ayurveda?'
Studies show that doctors of conventional medicine have long recognised the efficacy of Ayurveda in fighting diseases by strengthening immunity. By combining the elements of an Ayurvedic treatment, which mainly consists of diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine, massage therapy and yoga, with that of modern medicine, they are able to effectively address a host of conditions including:
- Colds and flu
- Stress and anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
- Women's health issues like irregular menstruation
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor circulation
- Chronic muscle pain
- Poor immune system
- Joint problems like arthritis and gout
- Skin Diseases
Thanks to digital technology, anyone can now receive the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine in the comfort of their homes. Many Ayurvedic practitioners in Australia offer telehealth services through the Zoom videoconferencing platform.
How Does Online Ayurveda Work?
Ayurveda focuses on treating the whole person, not the disease or its symptoms. So, during an online consultation with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, you will be asked about your medical history, diet, occupation, physical activities, lifestyle and other aspects of your life.
Once the practitioner has identified the root cause of the imbalance, they may prescribe herbal medicine, change your diet and lifestyle, or suggest a specific yoga practice. Note that the practitioner may combine any of these treatments to restore balance to your whole system.
Besides having a stable internet connection and the Zoom application installed on your device, see to it that you have a working webcam to ensure that the practitioner can assess your health thoroughly before recommending any Ayurvedic treatments.
What Can You Expect From an Ayurvedic Treatment?
If you've never worked with an Ayurvedic practitioner before, it's important to understand that this health professional doesn't prescribe ready-made medicine to cure an illness. In fact, they don't treat the disease itself, nor its symptoms. They work holistically with the body, carefully considering all possible factors to identify the imbalance that manifests symptoms of a health disorder.
Be prepared to answer a lot of questions as it's the only way to get to the bottom of your problem. While an in-person consultation involves a palpation method whereby the practitioner gets a feel of your pulse, an Ayurveda online session requires the examination of your tongue, body movements, hair, skin, eyes and nails.
An Ayurveda online consultation usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. Since this complementary medicine gradually works on restoring the body's healing abilities, your treatment may take a week, month or year depending on the severity of your condition.