“AYURVEDA” is made up of two words-Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Ayurveda can simply be translated as the science of life, assisting nature, not disturbing the natural process of living or healing. All the therapeutic measures used, support the natural process. They do not initiate, substitute or suppress the body’s own functions.
Ayurveda acknowledges that individuals are responsible for their own health according to the different stage of his/her life, the seasons, and the environment he/she live, work and play in. It recognizes that every person is unique and focuses on food, lifestyle, massage, yoga and herbal remedies to suit individual make-up. It incorporates all aspects of life whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social.
Ayurvedic treatments can be broadly divided under the headings of Detoxify/Purify and Maintain/Repair. Ayurveda mostly uses natural herbal products, which are deemed to be Bio and Eco-friendly. Most of them act as nutraceutical agents and as such they have high safety margins.
Ayurvedic viewpoint of structure and functions of the body
Each individual is summed as a particular mind-body type in Ayurveda. These mind-body types are known as doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each of these doshas has its own characteristics, and they in turn attribute to our individual characteristics and traits. Everyone is a combination of these doshas but it is observed that one is almost always dominant
Ayurveda lays great emphasis on the practitioner – client rapport, being a holistic system; deep understanding of an individual and his total trust is an imperative requirement. The practitioner concludes: the strength of the patient and the nature and strength of the disease. Considering that a disease exists in an otherwise healthy body, the remaining health ‘avasista svasthya’ has to be supported and strengthened to enable recovery. Ayurveda has very detailed methods of recording case history and clinical evaluation.
After the initial consultation, a personally tailored treatment plan is created – with an aim to regain a balanced state and follow- ups are conducted to maintain the status quo. The consultation begins with going through the client’s case history (forms are supplied prior to the consultation) followed by Ayurvedic diagnostic techniques including Pulse and tongue diagnosis to establish the individual’s constitution and their current state of health or imbalance.
BSc (Hons) PG Dip Ayurveda
Sandeep has had a working relationship with Ayurveda since 1992, especially with Ayurvedic herbs and their therapeutic uses. His interest and belief in Ayurveda, led him to look deeper into the clinical aspect of Ayurveda and its approach to promoting better health through changes in lifestyle and the use of herbal supplements. This culminated in him taking up a five-year degree program from Middlesex University, where he gained an Honours (BSc) degree in Complementary Health Sciences (Ayurveda) and completed his Post-graduate Diploma with a clinical internship under Dr Vasant Lad (B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc.) in Pune, India.
He is an member of the (APA) Ayurvedic Practitioners Association UK and one of the founding members of the Herbal Forum, a body that liaises with the UK Government on regulation of Herbal and Traditional medicine.
Sandeep focuses on diet and lifestyle modification in combination with Ayurvedic herbs, as a first step towards health improvement and maintenance. He has had good success in using Ayurveda for treating individuals (adults and children) with depression, digestive issues, eczema/psoriasis, hyperactivity, low immunity, and weight management.
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