Ayurveda

What is an Ayurvedic diet?
An Ayurvedic diet is primarily based on the six tastes of nature that are present in food: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. When all six tastes are well-combined , it provides complete nutritional balance. However, if there are any imbalances, your Ayurvedic practitioner might increase or decrease certain tastes to regain balance.
What is your Ayurvedic body type?
The three primary body types are a combination of the five elements of the cosmos: space, air, fire, water, and earth. All the elements are present in each of us; however, there are certain combinations of elements that have more influence on our innate body-mind-spirit and that become your constitution or body type. When one brings awareness to their own constitution, healing begins.
Is Ayurvedic medicine safe?
Ayurvedic medicines are safe to use, are from good sources, and are recommended by your Ayurvedic Practitioner.
What are the three Ayurvedic body types?
There are three primary body types, called the Vata-Pitta-Kapha, which is air, fire, and water bio energy. However, we are born with combinations of the three, which are: Vata-Kapha, Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Vata, Pitta-Kapha, Kapha-Pitta, and Kapha-Vata.
What does Ayurvedic medicine mean?
Ayurvedic medicine is a practice of natural medicine that derives its fundamental principles of health, disease, and wellbeing from Ayurveda, “wisdom of life.”
Is Ayurveda a religion?
Oh no!! Ayurveda is in no way a religion. Ayurveda came into practice over 3,000 years before any religion, race, caste, or world boundaries were formed. It has its roots in the ancient Vedic scriptures. The literal translation of the word Ayurveda is “ayu” (life) and “veda” (wisdom). Ayurveda is known as “the mother of all healing.”

How can I become an Ayurvedic practitioner?

An Ayurvedic practitioner in Canada requires a minimum of 1,500 hours of training. There is only one educational center in Canada that offers this level of training, the Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing in Toronto. (www.caishayurveda.org)

An Ayurvedic doctor’s qualification is only recognized in India, and those doctors migrating to Canada hold a Canadian designation, Doctorate of Natural Medicine or DNM, to be able to practice as full-fledged Ayurvedic practitioners under the scope of natural medicine.

Panchakarma

What is Panchkarma treatment?
Panchkarma is a five-fold intense detoxification, with induced vomiting, enemas, purgation, and bloodletting. It is recommended for chronic conditions and is done in-house for a period of fourteen days.
How do we do Panchakarma at home?
Panchkarma cannot be performed at home, and one must not try to. It must be well-administered by Ayurvedic doctors who specialize in this procedure.
What is Panchakarma detox?
Panchkarma and detox are the same thing. Panchkarma means five-fold detoxification.
Is Panchakarma practiced in Canada?
By health regulations, Panchkarma cannot be practiced in Canada. Only single and specific therapies that fall under cleansing and rejuvenation, such as enema, cleansing herbs, massage, steam therapy, and nasal therapy, are practiced in local clinics. Also, the cold climate does not permit the practice of panchkarma to its fullest potential.

What are the benefits of Panchakarma?

Panchkarma has specific and important principles that are essential in the treatment of dis-ease.
Ayurvedic practitioners apply these principles in general cleansing protocols

The primary principles are:

  • Cleansing must not be recommended to a person with low vitality.
  • Certain times of the year, such as spring or late fall, are suitable times of the year for cleansing.
  • Pre- and post-cleanse care with diet, exercise, and certain herbs are required.
  • Deep cleansing is a yearly protocol and is discouraged from being done often.

What is the cost of Panchakarma treatment?

At this time, when patients/clients request it, referrals are made to the best Panchkarma centers in India.

What is Shirodhara treatment in Ayurveda?

“Shiro” means “head” and “Dhara” means “to pour.” Shirodhara is a rejuvenating therapy practiced in Ayurvedic medicine for the general purpose of deep relaxation. It is often called “the lazy meditation” as the technique of pouring warm oil on the third eye chakra aligns the brain/nervous system co-ordination, thus improving memory, concentration, disturbed thoughts, and actions.