Ayurveda, rooted in Vedic culture, is an ancient approach to health that had by 1000 BCE developed 8 branches of medicine: internal medicine, head and neck diseases, surgery, treatment of poisoning, paediatrics, rejuvenation, aphrodisiacs and psychology. This health care system which is 3,500 to 5000 years old, uses a disease model that recognises 6 stages to illness. At stages 1 to 4 your body, mind and emotions will be giving you signals through symptoms, to let you know that you are creating the conditions where disease will thrive – the symptoms become progressively harder to ignore as you shift through these stages. It’s relatively easy to reverse the symptoms between stages 1 to 3. Stage 4 is a transition stage where the symptoms can be reversed but it might be more complicated and take longer.
Once you’ve progressed to stages 5/6 a health condition that can be labelled by Western allopathic medicine will have developed, drugs or surgery are usually needed at this point. Ayurveda isn’t a substitute for Western allopathic medicine, but can be a great support by reducing the amount of people who need to seek out surgery and drugs. It’s a great preventative health model – Ayurveda shows us how to create the conditions for health through food and lifestyle choices that are appropriate for our particular circumstances.
Ayurveda and Digestion
There are increasingly high numbers of people suffering from digestive disorders that research shows are linked to stress and inflammation, with this combination of stress, inflammation and digestive issues linked to lowered immunity and many of today’s lifestyle diseases. Ayurveda explains how to keep your digestion strong, your gut microbiome happy, inflammation low and your mind and body free of stress.
To create an Ayurvedic preventative healthcare plan there are four key steps you need to carry out: understand your nature and live in balance with it; make choices that keep your digestion strong; support your bodies detoxification systems; nourish your tissues.
My book, ‘Your Peaceful Belly’ explains in a simple way how to achieve this, while this website, the Instagram feed (@ayurvedapeacefulbelly) and the ‘Ayurveda Peaceful Belly‘ Pinterest boards support your journey beyond the book. Feel free to email me with any questions and I will create a post to answer you so that everyone can benefit. All questions will be treated confidentially.
Ayurveda and Yoga
While Ayurveda is the Vedic system of healing, Yoga is the Vedic spiritual pathway to self-realisation, together they can be combined to support your well being.
Ayurveda shows us how to create a strong foundation for Yoga practice, while the therapeutic use of Yoga can be incorporated into an Ayurvedic approach to health and well-being. Yet Ayurveda is not aligned to just one pathway it can be blended with whichever pathway you are walking in life to counteract the stressful effects so many of us live with.
Although Lucy is an Ayurvedic consultant she is not your doctor! The information on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. This website is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your physician!