Ayurvedic treatment of disease is usually non-invasive, preferring to rely on diet, drugs, and practices. In typical holistic fashion, Ayurveda considers the important influence of all factors, from the psychological state of doctor, nurse, and patient, to the qualities of the medication.

Although Ayurveda makes a distinction between preventive and curative measures, many Ayurvedic practices can be effective in both ways.

The daily and seasonal routines of Dinacharya and Ritucharya are important parts of prevention, as are the practices of Sadacara (personal behavior). Special drugs are also used to boost immunity, delay aging, clear the mind, and increase vitality. Ayurveda even provides virilification treatments to improve the sex life. And Yoga is used to exercise the body, release stress, and quiet the mind.

There are many forms of curative treatment. Snehana (oelation) is the application of oils to the body, or the use of oils internally to promote the elimination of toxins. Virechana (purgation) is the use of laxatives to purge the body of wastes. Svedhana (sweats) is the use of heat and steam (in a steam cabinet) to drive toxins from the body via the sweat glands. Together with Basti (enema) and Nasya (nasal therapy), these form the five purifying actions of panchakarma . Other therapies include Vamana (emesis therapy), Raktamokshana (bloodletting), Shirodhara (warm oil therapy), and Tarpana (the healing of relationships).

There is much more to Ayurveda than we have been able to provide here. For more information, contact us, or seek out a good reference book at your local library or bookstore. And if you do choose to seek Ayurvedic treatment, please choose your practitioner wisely.

We provide a simple, Westernized panchakarma treatment as well as many other types of therapy. For more information, please see our services page.