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A consultation: what is ayurveda?

31/01/2017 11:34
Posted By LP


Ayurveda, the traditional Indian science of health, is acknowledged by the World Health Organization as the oldest scientific and holistic health care system in the world. Awareness of Ayurveda is increasing more and more in our western world, so it is time for an acquaintance!

We live in a modern, dynamic society in which changes are happening very fast. This can disrupt the natural rhythm of your life. Ayurveda is about restoring the balance.


Every person is unique

According to Ayurveda, everything in this world is formed by the five elements of nature: earth, water, fire, air and ether.

 The elements combine into three bio-energies or Doshas that are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These Doshas are responsible for everything in the human body. Right from the moment of conception, they create a unique ‘barcode’ which equals your personal state of balance or health. This ‘barcode’ is called Prakriti. Any change in the doshas, compared to the state of balance or Prakriti, is called imbalance. For all diseases, Ayurveda says that imbalance in the doshas is the root cause.


Pulse diagnosis or Nadi Pariksha

In pulse diagnosis, both the ‘barcode’ or Prakriti (state of balance) as well as the changes from that ‘barcode’ (state of imbalance or Vikruti) are measured. Thus, the root cause of any disease can be clearly established. The result is a unique and very personalized diagnosis, which also enables a personalized treatment.


The consultation

An Ayurvedic consultation with pulse diagnosis takes about 25 to 30 minutes. Before taking a pulse diagnosis, it is essential that you don’t eat or drink for at least 2.5 hours. The actual pulse diagnosis does not take more than a few minutes, after which the specialist will explain his or her findings, give you guidelines about diet and lifestyle and maybe food supplements, and answer questions that you might have. After that, it takes about 10 minutes with the assistant to finalize your consultation in terms of payment, possible purchase of recommended supplements and practical advice if needed. 


After the consultation

Based on the pulse diagnosis, the Ayurveda specialist will give you guidelines concerning life style, food, herbal supplements and detoxification that you can follow at home. After two months, you will have the opportunity to do a check-up, during which your pulse will again be measured to determine the results of the treatment. Based on his or her findings, the Ayurveda specialist will then further guide you towards regaining or keeping your health.

In the old scriptures of Ayurveda, it is clearly mentioned that Ayurveda is about curing the disease as well as protecting the health. One of the great advantages of pulse diagnosis is that even small imbalances, that may not have caused any symptoms yet, can be detected and treated through simple and natural means, before they can cause an actual illness. Since prevention is always better than cure, it is also very useful for people in good health to have their pulse checked every once in a while in order to know the best way to protect their health.


The specialists 

Sri Sri Ayurveda only works with highly educated and esteemed specialists with extensive experience in Nadi Pariksha:

Lita Dash, B.A.M.S.

For many years, Lita Dash was head of the Sri Sri Ayurveda Pancha Karma Center in Bangalore. Since Lita is the sixth generation of Ayurveda doctors in her family, her life was connected to Ayurveda from a very young age. She studied at the Orissa University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.). After that, she specialized in Pancha Karma (ayurvedic cleansing), nutrition and Marma Prana (treatment of energy points on the body). In Europe all Sri Sri Ayurveda Pancha Karma treatments and Marma trainings take place under her supervision. With more than 10 years of practice, she is not only an expert in these fields, but also in the field of Nadi Pariksha.

Kiran Valsan, B.A.M.S.

Kiran Valsan obtained his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) at the Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science in Bangalore and specialized in Nadi Pariksha (pulse diagnosis). For five years, he was head of the Sri Sri Ayurveda center in Kerala. His consultations were in so much demand that at times, he was consulted by 60 people a day. At the request of Sri Sri Ayurveda Netherlands, Kiran Valsan came to Europe where he gives consultations in The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain. He also frequently gives presentations, at which he explains the basic principles of Ayurveda in a clear and accessible way. 

Kiran Valsan explains that every disease goes through six stages:

  • 1 A block causes an imbalance in the dosha
  • 2 The dosha aggravates
  • 3 The aggravated dosha cannot stay in one place and starts moving
  • 4 The dosha lodges in a weak spot and starts to cause a disease
  • 5 The disease manifests
  • 6 The disease causes complications and becomes chronic

Kiran Valsan:Every disease follows these six stages, always in the same order. In the regular medical science, disease is usually only diagnosed in the fourth or fifth stage, when the symptoms clearly manifest themselves. With Nadi Pariksha, we can determine the disease already in the first and second stage. The sooner a potential disease is discovered, the easier the treatment to prevent the disease from manifesting itself..”  


You are what you eat

Our body and mind are inextricably linked to the food we eat. Ayurveda classifies food into three categories: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sattva means clarity, harmony and balance and is the result of fresh raw of cooked food. Rajas means activity or restlessness and is created by spicy and rich food. Tamas means heaviness and inertia that follow the intake of old and very heavy and oily food. Apart from this, food also has an impact on the three doshas. After your pulse diagnosis, the specialist will therefor give you guidelines about the specific food that is good for you.


Ayurveda and lifestyle

Ayurveda beliefs that health is not only determined by physical factors and that health is more than the absence of disease. If we don’t know how to deal with stress and negativity in our lives, stress itself can always remain a cause of imbalance and disease. If there is balance between body and mind, feelings and intellect, intention and action and man and his environment, many causes for disease will not manifest. That is why the Ayurveda specialist will also give you advice about a lifestyle that will help to balance body and mind. 


Reimbursement by your health insurance company

Depending on your supplementary insurance, the consultations and treatments of Ayurveda specialists are (partly) reimbursed. Please contact your health insurance company for further details.

AGB code Lita Dash 90-047041 / ANVAGnr. A12.001 / RBCZ/TCZ 302070R

AGB-code Kiran Sree Valsan 90-100093 / ANVAG A14.003 / RBCZ/TCZ 302083R

AGB code Shankara Europe BV 90-53667


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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or email Sri Sri Ayurveda. Check with your doctor before taking herbs, herbal food supplements or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.