What is the Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda – ‘The Science of Life’- is a statutory recognised medical system of health care originating from India thousands of years ago. It can be seen as the mother of all Natural Therapies.
Ayurveda defines health as the harmonious interaction between body, mind and senses. Ayurvedic wisdom offers life enhancing practices as well as herbal medicinal preparations for the health and wellbeing of the whole human being: body, mind and soul. It is much more than just a system of treating symptoms or physical illness. Ayurveda suggests specific nutrition and lifestyle guidelines to assist the individual in rebalancing that which has become excessive or out of balance. Ayurveda goes into great detail to describe the medicinal attributes of many herbs and their correct usage to complement and hasten the healing process and to strengthen the body’s organs and systems. Herbs are often recommended to supplement nutritional requirements on a regular basis to build and maintain a healthy physiology.
It requires a sense of commitment and involves taking responsibility for any changes required. Ayurveda gives us a model to look at each individual as a combination of the five elements of space, air, fire, water and earth which then form the three Ayurvedic metabolic types called VATA, PITTA and KAPHA. Based on each individuals metabolic makeup, treatment protocols are designed to specifically address a person’s health challenge.

VATA – a combination of the element of space and air
Those of a predominantly VATA metabolic type usually have a thin, light frame and excellent agility. Their energy comes in bursts, and they are likely to experience sudden bouts of fatigue. VATAS typically have dry skin and hair and cold hands and feet. They sleep lightly and their digestion can be sensitive. When VATA becomes imbalanced, it can manifest in the body as weight loss, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, weakness, restlessness, and digestive challenges.

PITTA – a combination of the element of fire and water
A PITTA metabolic type is usually of medium size and weight, with often reddish hair and complexion. They have tendency towards baldness or thinning of the hair. Usually their digestion excellent, which sometimes leads them to believe they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature. Often their sleep is sound for short periods. When PITTA becomes imbalanced, it can manifest in the body as skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.

KAPHA - a combination of the element of water and earth
KAPHA types are usually stronger build and have excellent stamina. Large, soft eyes; smooth, radiant skin; and thick hair, are also important KAPHA characteristics. Often their sleep is deep and long and their digestion is regular. But when KAPHA builds to excess, weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies manifest in the body. When they’re out of balance, Kapha types may become overweight, sleep excessively, and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.

How would the Ayurvedic approach help me to improve my health?

More and more people are turning to the Ayurvedic approach to improve their health because Ayurveda looks at the whole person when treating specific conditions. In Ayurveda, the main focus is to improve the digestive process and maximise the elimination of accumulated toxic wastes, enhancing and supporting the body’s natural self-healing ability. Certain body therapies herbs and spices are used to accelerate the healing process. Stress is a key factor in any disease process and Ayurveda is not only good at detecting the effects of stress on the body, it is also very effective at teaching simple techniques to manage stress better in daily life. The Ayurvedic approach addresses all aspects, physical, mental and emotional with its goal being to empower patients to set into motion routines that serve them best.

What is the best starting point for embarking on the Ayurvedic holistic journey?

The Ayurvedic journey starts with an initial 1 ½ to 2-hour assessment where traditional Ayurvedic methods such as pulse and tongue analysis are used to determine your current state of health.

Based on this assessment Thomas will discuss the possible underlying cause for any imbalance or ailment by looking at how the subtler dimensions such as the mental, emotional, awareness and energetic body influence the biochemistry of the physical body. Finally a treatment plan is discussed that works for you based on the principle that “less is more”.

How many sessions am I likely to need?

In principle a series of 6 sessions is recommended over a period of one month. This is to enable a momentum of productive changes and routines to be established with their noticeable benefits. Thereafter a maintenance programme suitable to your needs and circumstances can be worked out.

What is expected of me and how soon will I experience any beneficial effect?

Depending on the chronicity of your condition some benefits are likely to be felt immediately. In cases where there are several underlying issues that need to be addressed, these positive changes may be seen after the remedies and lifestyle changes have had time to work.

Ayurveda is a lifestyle not necessarily just a set of practices and medicines, thus requires a determined commitment towards change from you. It is the openness to understand the complexity of how our physical health is influenced by the subtler bodies, which can unlock the key to better health.

What is the difference between experiencing Ayurveda at the Wholistic Medical Centre as opposed to Ayurveda within a Spa setting?

Ayurveda is practiced at the Wholistic Medical Centre in an integrative manner incorporating conventional medical tests and energetic methods of testing to select the best course of treatments specific to each person. Within a Spa setting the emphasis is on treatments that promote mostly relaxation whereas at the Wholistic Medical Centre the Ayurvedic Journey aims to address a problem from several different perspectives, which not only hastens the healing process but also provides for supervision and guidance along the journey. What is also unique about experiencing Ayurveda at the Wholistic Medical Centre is that all the Ayurvedic treatments take place in the warm setting of their Sunroom providing full spectrum light therapy at the same time.

Who would benefit from the Ayurvedic approach?

Ayurveda, being the science of life, can be beneficial to any person and any age group. It is particularly helpful to people who can’t sleep, have digestive problems and are stressed. If you have arrived at crossroads in your life, are committed and willing to take charge of your own health, then Ayurveda is a good alternative approach to use on its own or alongside other therapies.

What are the specific conditions where Ayurveda can be particularly helpful?

Ayurveda is especially good in providing health care support for

• Achieving optimal weight
• Correcting digestive disturbances arising from food intolerances, IBS, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, hyperacidity
• Maintaining healthy metabolism, immunity and hormonal balance
• Chronic fatigue, difficulty in maintain energy levels, stress, symptoms of adrenaline exhaustion
• Poor quality of sleep, sleep disturbances, insomnia
• Maintaining healthy skin, support with skin imbalances due to stress, signs of ageing, support for chronic skin allergies, inflammation and skin disorders.
• Compromised quality of life due to emotional stress and trauma
• Providing tools to slow down, repair and prevent degeneration

How is Thomas Mueller’s approach different?

Thomas has many years of clinical experience working with patients with a wide range of challenging conditions. He is a teacher in both theoretical and practical aspects of Ayurvedic Medicine including meditation and yoga. Thomas’s passion and special interest is in Ayurvedic Food Therapy and Vedic Astrology.

With this extensive background experience and skills, Thomas has been able to integrate the best of Ayurveda into western and modern society in a systematic and practical manner. This allows him to oversee, supervise and guide you with great care through your Ayurvedic journey to better health.

How would I know if the Ayurvedic approach is right for me?

pulse assessment and an Ayurvedic therapy. You would be surprised how much can be revealed simply from a pulse assessment with Thomas. Generally speaking it is recommended to allow at least three closely spaced Ayurvedic sessions not only to allow the treatments to integrate into your system but also to observe any positive subjective changes. Alternatively you may find it beneficial to attend one of the basic single day seminars if this the correct approach for you.

If you have any other questions, then please call and arrange a free 15 minute phone consultation with Thomas Mueller.

Do I need to be of Indian origin to be helped by Ayurvedic Medicine?

Not at all - Although the roots of Ayurveda go back to ancient India thousands of years ago but its principles can be applied anywhere and to anyone, irrespective of any culture or belief system.

Would it be helpful to do one of Thomas Mueller’s courses prior to receiving Ayurvedic treatments?

It would certainly be very helpful to attend one of Thomas’s basic single day classes but this is not a requirement. Thomas’s courses provide a deeper theoretical understanding on how Ayurvedic treatments work and why they are such an important part of the healing process. This basic understanding will naturally motivate you to follow and benefit from the Ayurvedic process.

What is the importance of using Indian spices in Ayurvedic treatments?

Spices are often associated with greasy and strong smelling Indian curries or something that merely adds flavour to dishes. However, modern science is beginning to rediscover more and more the magical and medicinal properties of spices and herbs (now known as Nutraceutical) to heal and treat many diseases that afflict us in our modern society. Spices are essential, especially in a cold and damp climate to warm digestion or ‘agni’ and to improve absorption.

There is an art to using spices and Ayurvedic Food Therapy applies these unique properties that are found in spices to restore balance and health in the most natural way. Ayurveda has always advocated an individual approach to healthy nutrition. It is not so much about what you should eat but how can you prepare what you eat to be more suitable to your constitution by incorporating spices.

How can I be sure that the Ayurvedic herbs, oils and medicines used are safe free of chemicals?

All Ayurvedic oils, medicines and herbs used at the Wholistic Medical Centre undergo a rigorous screening process. These raw ingredients are mostly organic and sourced from reputable companies and further tested against pesticides and toxins using the Bio Meridian system.

All homemade Ayurvedic products and remedies are made using Kangen water to ensure further removal of any possible residual toxins or chemicals. They are packaged in special Miron glass to enhance their qualities and maintain their freshness with sterilising methods in place and using only natural preservatives. These unique products are hand made by Thomas based on traditional formulas and preparation methods.

Do I need to receive all the Ayurvedic treatments listed in order to benefit?

It is not necessary or appropriate for you to have ALL the Ayurvedic body treatments as listed in the treatment section in order to benefit from Ayurveda. Some of the treatments would in fact be contraindicated based on your pulse assessment and constitution. The specific therapies that you will be recommended to have will be determined based on your initial consultation, pulse assessment and suggested treatment plan.

Am I likely to feel worse before feeling better?

As a part of the realignment process “the body always knows best.” Most patients start their Ayurvedic journey with an Ayurvedic pulse assessment, consultation, and/or 'Marma' Therapy, after which they leave in a state of deep relaxation with increased self-awareness on what needs to follow.

What is 'Marma' Therapy and why is it such an important treatment in Ayurveda?

This therapy works primarily on the energetic body, helping address emotional imbalances that may have contributed to disturbances on a physical level.

Based on the patient’s pulse analysis, vital energy points on the body are very gently stimulated using this subtle yet effective technique. Specifically chosen essential oils are applied to these Ayurvedic 'Marma' points – the junction points between our higher self and the physical body. Therapeutic grade A essential oils are used which have a high oxygenating quality - this improves cellular health by increasing oxygen supply to the cells thus stimulating neuronal activity. This helps your body to reconnect with its own inner healing mechanism thus encourages cellular repair and rejuvenation.

How can an Ayurvedic Astrology reading help me?

Ayurvedic Astrology is the medical branch of Vedic Astrology taking into account the Ayurvedic view of health and wellbeing. In an Ayurvedic Astrology reading the psychological and spiritual dimensions of your health that may have affected you on a physical, mental or emotional level are seen and discussed.

According to Ayurveda, most diseases or imbalances occur when we have moved away from our true self, when we have lost the connection to our inner intelligence. Ayurvedic Astrology can not only help identify these underlying causative factors and possible genetically inherited imbalances, but is also a valuable tool to explore and encourage your strengths and true potentials. These assets, when recognised and acted upon, can help bring about greater fulfilment and joy in life.

Why is an Ayurvedic retreat important?

The principles of Ayurveda are essentially based on the need to incorporate good routines and rhythms in your life, especially to do with food, movement and stillness. Unfortunately many of us cannot relate to having such natural routines or rhythms in our lives, yet it is important and necessary to relearn or re establish such patterns in order to regain health and well being particularly as we get older in life.

Retreats are ideal for taking you out of your often chaotic environment into a totally different setting of quietness and peacefulness. This helps to introduce some helpful routines aiming to primarily establish normal, healthy digestion and to reduce stress.

Is it advisable to go straight into a retreat?

Unless you already have a good understanding of Ayurveda and been able to experience some of its possible health benefits by incorporating simple lifestyle suggestions, nutritional changes and healthy routines, it is first recommended to have an Ayurvedic consultation including a pulse assessment.

Once you have integrated a few simple lifestyle changes, experienced some of the Ayurvedic body therapies and perhaps had an introduction to some special relaxation techniques, a 5 to 7 day Ayurvedic retreat would then be an excellent way to further enhance your healing process.

Why/how is the Ayurvedic approach so effective in Stress Management?

The Ayurvedic approach is effective in stress management as it looks at the underlying cause of the stress. It provides an understanding of the stressors, which from an Ayurvedic perspective are read as being an underuse, overuse or misuse of our sensory experience. It equips you with simple and easy to use tools such as yoga, meditation and breathing practices to better handle rather than avoid stress. Ayurveda invites you to ‘stay and play’ rather than ‘fight and flight’.

Is Ayurveda helpful in overcoming my addictions?

The root of most addictions lies at the level of a compromised digestive system and a lack of basic nourishment through food and nutrition. Ayurveda addresses this brilliantly by correcting your digestion and enhancing elimination of toxic waste. This it does by incorporating herbs and spices into your food. In addition Ayurveda also helps to address the mental and emotional components that drive us to addictions.

The initial assessment will determine where to start and define changes that are then being introduces gradually to minimise unnecessary discomfort.

Is it recommended to receive Ayurvedic treatments during pregnancy?

Ayurveda has always traditionally followed principles and routines that can help parents as early as prenatal preparation, through to conception, pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. Details of what is required and can be safely undertaken will be discussed in more detail during your consultation.

How can Ayurveda help children?

Ayurveda can help children in many different ways by supporting their physical and mental growth, addressing disorders of the mind, nervous, and digestive system. Learning is an important part of being a child and Ayurveda offers a range of herbs that help rejuvenate the mind. Simple Ayurvedic home remedies are excellent to support digestive health and to address parasites or intestinal worms. Ayurvedic therapies are specifically applied to address immunity to prevent and/or help fight infections.

Whole foods and simple dietary changes, introducing certain herbs and spices are often all that is needed. For children any herbs or spices that are recommended are prepared in a delicious herbal paste that usually any child looks forward to taking.

Using Ayurveda to help promoting healthy habits, strengthen immunity and “agni” in early childhood can set the foundation for optimal growth, development and overall health in the future.

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