- 1 hr1 hour
- Albert Street
What is the initial examination? Stress, lifestyle choices, and hereditary pre dispositions lead to doshic imbalances that affect digestion and the healthy functioning of the body and its organs. This leads to a number of ailments including constipation, IBS, gastric ulcers, haemorrhoids, heartburn, migraines, insomnia, lower/middle/upper back pain and neck pain and can cause depression, anxiety and stress. Ayurvedic examinations generally consist of three parts: 1.Observation (Darshan): The practitioner first evaluates general physical health by looking at the patient and observing his/her movements, body contour, color of the skin and eyes, facial lines and ridges, shape of the nose, and qualities of the lips, hair, and nails. 2.Touch (Sparsha): The practitioner then employs touch, including palpation (pressing down on parts of the body, called sparshanam in Ayurveda), auscultation, which is listening for sounds made by the internal organs (shrvanaa), and percussion or tapping (akotana). There is special focus on the patient's pulse, tongue, nails, and speech. Laboratory testing is also included under this category. 3.Questions (Prashna): The practitioner asks the patient about complaints and symptoms, as well as the duration of discomfort and disease progression. The practitioner also inquires about mental and psychological conditions. How do practitioners make diagnoses and decide upon treatments? An Ayurvedic diagnosis, and subsequent treatments, differ from this Western process in that the diagnosis is made not only on the disease level (called roga), but also on the patient level (called rogi). The exhaustive examination helps the Ayurvedic practitioner not only diagnose the disorder, but individualize or tailor treatments for each patient. To make a diagnosis, the Ayurvedic practitioner uses a method called rogi-roga pareeksha, which combines disease analysis with deep examination of each individual. The Ayurvedic practitioner instead of focusing on a treatment or medicine to heal the illness, concentrates on the techniques that will strengthen the healthy elements inherent in every body, which will in turn help the individual to recover. This tech is called svabhavoparamavada, and it refers to the Ayurvedic ideal of helping the body call upon its own energy to heal. A full Ayurvedic consultation involves a 60-75 minute assessment addressing health history, ailments, diet, current lifestyle and daily routines.
22 Albert Street, Granville NSW, Australia