At its heart, Ayurveda, is no more complex than this. There is, of course, an art to knowing what remedy to implement, in what way, and with what timing. We practitioners keep in mind the entire picture of what is happening in a person’s life so that in restoring balance in one area we don’t inadvertently aggravate or create an imbalance in another area.
Ayurveda is based on a set of foundational principles that have stood the test of time; it is not a fad. Ayurveda will work for you if you are ready to take responsibility for your health—and when you are ready to invest time and effort in your health. One of my teachers has a quote: “If it’s worthwhile, it should take a while.” This is true. You will notice some immediate improvement by following Ayurvedic recommendations, and the real, lasting benefits will come with time, patience, and consistency. After all, it took you a while to come to your present state of illness/imbalance; it will take time to slow down and stop the train that you are on and then to reverse course. There are no quick fixes, and ultimately no one can do this work for you. The benefit in this scenario is that you get the credit for making healthier choices; you earn the accomplishment of improving your health and wellness; and you will feel better.
There are some things that Ayurvedic practitioners can’t do. We can’t diagnose medical conditions. We can’t prescribe medications. We can’t order diagnostic or imaging tests. We are not appropriate for emergency or urgent care. And we are not surgeons. But, honestly, for everything else—simple or complex—Ayurveda is an appropriate modality and offers real solutions.
The “science of life” is aimed at you living both a long and a healthy life. Your journey along that path will be as unique as you are. An Ayurvedic practitioner can help you chart the proper course, guide you along your way, and champion you when you need to be brought back to the path.