Ayurveda

‘Ayur’ refers to Life and ‘Veda’ refers to Science or Knowledge, hence Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity. It is a gentle and beautiful system of healing that originated in India 5000 years ago, and is a holistic approach to health based on the balancing of the body’s three fundamental energies or humors, referred to as doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each individual has a unique constitution and is often a combination of these three doshas. We all react differently to our environment, diet and exercise routines. Understanding your own constitution directs you to the right lifestyle, which will enable you to take charge of your life and health, both spiritually and physically.

Vata characteristics: typically grasps ideas quickly but forgets easily, mental quickness, creative and imaginative, talks fast, irregular daily routine, slender physique, mood swings, anxious, can suffer from dry skin, digestive problems, constipation, abdominal gas, back pain and arthritis….
Pitta characteristics: typically ambitious, driven, organised, aggressive and short-tempered, good appetite. Tends to perspire easily, suffer from skin rashes, heartburn, migraines, headaches, hypertension and liver issues….
Kapha characteristics: typically steady with good stamina, empathetic, slow in learning, slow gait, does not perspire easily, oily and cool skin, laid back temperament. Tends to gains weight easily, loves warm drinks, can suffer from conditions of excess mucous such as sinusitis, recurrent colds, productive cough, boils and abscesses, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and tumours such as fibroids….

Ayurveda treatments utilise all of the person’s senses to achieve wellness, including:

  • Tasty wholesome food;
  • Massage;
  • Natural fragrant skin ranges;
  • Visualisation techniques;
  • Music therapy;
  • Yoga postures;
  • Therapeutic breathing exercises and meditation.

Conditions that respond well to Ayurveda medicine include:

  • Digestive problems
  • Asthma, sinusitis, allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Adrenal fatigue and stress disorders
  • Anxiety, mood disorders, anger

During consultation, Dr Raniga takes a detailed history and examines your pulse, eyes and tongue to determine your unique dosha composition. Once identified, she will discuss an appropriate wellness regime involving herbs, detoxification, diet and lifestyle with you.

Ayurveda is a proven system of healing and as an open-minded system, it also acknowledges the value of other complimentary and holistic systems. The practice of Ayurveda applies ancient eastern wisdom to modern-day health disturbances. It provides information that will empower you to take control and ultimately take responsibility for your own health. Sometimes it can be as easy as cutting one or two items out of your regular diet or doing a short meditation or relaxation, or perhaps some breathing or yoga exercises. Various diseases and health problems often occur because we do not know what our bodies need or how our environment has an impact on us. Small and sometimes insignificant changes can rectify these problems.