Dr Rama Prasad

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic and natural health and wellbeing system, originated thousands of years ago. In Indian subcontinent, currently, Ayurvedic practitioners use over 21,000 herbs, 400,000 compounds in dozens of forms (paste, water extracts, oil extracts etc.), 50 therapies and their unlimited permutations and combinations.

What are the main Ayurveda principles?

Ayurveda uses several unique, yet overlapping principles to understand and classify almost every aspect of life and health. These principles include bhuta, guna, tri-guna, dosha, dhatu, srotas, agni, balam, mala, rtu, carya etc. These fluid and precise principles allow a physician to combine the best remedies for their clients.

Why is Ayurveda holistic?

Whether a system is holistic or not is determined by how is it applied in a clinical context. Healing becomes holistic if both the cause and effect are addressed efficiently. E.g. Financial stress (stage 1) causing anger and frustration (stage 2) resulting in insomnia, excess sweating and overheating (stage 3) and then diarrhoea and rashes (stage 4). One can treat any stage. In holistic approach we will make sure none of the four areas are left uncared for. If necessary, appropriate techniques such as rehydration and soothing skin (stage 4), cooling and sleep (stage 3), counselling (stage 2) and business coaching (stage 1) etc will complete the holistic approach.

How many herbs do Ayurvedic doctors use?

At any given time an ayurveda doctor has access to 3000+ herbs and 1000+ compounds. In India they use over 400,000 compounds and 21,000 herbs.

When did Ayurveda originate?

No one knows it clearly. Studying rich cultures like Australian Aboriginals, Ayurveda must have started 60,000 or before. It became a complete science roughly 6,000 years back. During the last 3,000 years most of the treatises were thought to be compiled. Over the last 40 years we see literally over a 500 modern (in English and other languages) works emerged.

What are the major texts in Ayurveda

Charaka, Susrutha and Vagbhata are considered the primary authors. Their teachings are compiled as Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Vagbhata Samhitas (Ashtanga Samgraham and Ashtanga Hridayam). Madhava, Nagarjuna and Chakarapani have compiled their own work in diagnostics, pharmacology and clinical practice.
That's just the beginning.  

How does Ayurveda define health?

Health is a state where you can interact with your environment and express your natural skills effortlessly.

Is raw diet wrong?

Raw diet is the best as it is whole and unmodified. All nutrients are intact and its easier on the body. A diet predominated in raw food with appropriate dressing is far superior to any cooked diet.
However, certain food items can't be consumed raw such as potatoes and grains. Its fine to cook them so that they are consumable.
Generally Ayurvedic people don't understand the value or significance of raw diet due the misleading view - 'Indian cooking is Ayurvedic cooking' or 'Indian diet is Ayurvedic diet'. Unfortunately Indian cooking is different from Ayurvedic cooking.

What's ayurveda diet?

A diet based on local, seasonal healthy ingredients, designed for the eater's physiological abilities and needs, cooked and eaten with love and attention and enjoyed through all senses is ayurvedic diet / nutrition / eating.
Doesn't it look like common sense? Indian cooking may have nothing do with it!

Are cooked food better?

There are certain food items that need to be cooked. Rice and potatoes are impossible to eat without some form of processing. Most vegetables, fruits and nuts don't need any processing. They are better eaten raw.

What is bodytype?

Your make that stays constant throughout your life. Body, bodytype, personality and disease tendencies are all totally different topics. They may have nothing to do with each other most of the time.

Is body typing very important?

Not to the level a western ayurveda client believes. Its one of the 33 factors a traditional ayurveda doctor wants to know to help you with your health. Body type may reveal your hidden or unexplored talents. It also may help understand why you are thinking, feeling, acting and stressing the way you do. Body type shouldn't be linked to any disease tendencies, personality traits, individual's likes and dislikes.

Is there a cure in Ayurveda?

'Cure' is a funny word these days. Hence we use 'symptomatic relief' or 'control'. Ayurveda focuses on removing the symptoms, repairing the tissues and boosting the immune system, thus preventing another attack.

What is natural therapy?

Natural therapy is addressing health and ill health using natural tools and techniques. Many of these are inexpensive and good for the whole body, as well as our environment. For example, a 10-minute shoulders and neck massage to remove your tension headache is far better for your entire body than a panadol that blocks the pain.

What is holistic or holism?

A disease or health condition can occur due to one of many reasons. Cause, symptoms and disease are usually different from each other. For example, a financial stress caused diarrhea and skin rash in a patient which lead to sleeplessness.

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