What to expect from Ayurvedic Consultation?
Most of the interested in Ayurveda people, not aware about what to expect from Ayurvedic Assessment. Today I'll explain what's behind this two words. I'm sure it'll be easier to decide, if it fits to your expectations or not.
Ayurvedic Assessment based on three main pillars:
- Darshana or observation
- Sparshana — touch
- Prashna — questions
Observation (Darshana) starts when you just come to the office. Even before you will sit on the chair and explain the reason for your visit. Ayurvedic Practitioner observe your body frame, color of your face and hair, your voice, movements, etc. Your body's telling a story of your individual Doshic constitution as well as imbalance of the mind/body system. If you're moving fast, have small body frame, lean muscles, long thin fingers, your voice is low or hoarse and speech is quick you're probably a Vata constitution. If you're very motivated, have medium body frame, well developed muscles, flushed cheeks, argumentative speech, sharp voice you're probably a Pitta constitution. If you're moving slow and steady, do not like talk too much, your body frame is stocky, well developed physique, have large hands, smooth thick lips, pleasant deep voice you're probably Kapha constitution. It can be mix of two or even three Doshas.
Observation of voice, nails, hair, eyes, built are necessary part of Darshana. One of the major tool of observation is tongue evaluation. It can tell a lot about body imbalance, especially disorders of internal organs. On the other hand some condition specific observations are important. If there is obesity or swelling, where it is more located? What color of the skin or acne? Irritability, anxiety, depression can be determined in a manner how are you move and talk. Peculiar conditions like restricted movements, shaking hands can tell a lot about nature of your disorder. Your Ayurvedic Practitioner will observe every single detail from start to the end of consultation.
The next pillar of Ayurvedic assessment is Touch (Sparshana). There's some general and precise information can be received through the touch. It starts from the shaking of the hand. Very simple but informative manipulation :). Small tender, rough, fissured, unsteady hand has a Vata predominant constitution. Medium, warm, strong hand mostly Pitta constitution. Large, thick, cool, oily hand has a Kapha predominant individual. Easy, it's it? Pulse diagnosis coming in this part of assessment. This tool can make clarity about imbalance, digestion, deep seated toxins, etc.
When you settled on the more convenient and described your main concern the Prashna (questions) starts. You'll be wondered how many questions Ayurvedic Practitioner will ask you. Questions will range from your lifestyle and diet pattern to specific disease condition, from your stress level to ‘What makes you more happy and more disturbing for you?’ The last one is my favorite actually :). In some cases we would like to come back to your childhood or to previous health history. Why Ayurvedic Practitioner need this? Everything is important. Lifestyle, diet, sleep, stress level, bowel movement, urine, quarrel with mother or ex-husband, relationship with kids or at work, everything. Why?
After you have finished your story, few questions can be enough to determine your constitution as well as imbalance. We already have conclusion about constitution and imbalance from Darshana (observation) and Prashna (Touch). All we need are some specific questions for confirmation or elaboration. Most of the questions will help to determine the disease process, stage of the disease (according to Ayurveda) and reason (Nidana) for it. Only if we know the reason we can avoid it. When we have a full picture it comes understanding where we are. Therefore try do not hide and be honest.
Vedic wisdom says that we should to be very mindful choosing three important people in our life: Priest, Physician, Astrologer. All of them can inspire and show the right path or send into Abyss. Yep, it's not very easy to find. But there's nothing wrong if you go to one then switch to another, stop only when you found trusted Ayurvedic Practitioner. It's major point.
By the end of Assessment Ayurvedic Practitioner will have a conclusion based on these three pillars. According to conclusion you'll get a specific diet, lifestyle, daily routines recommendations, suggestions about Ayurvedic herbs or formulations to improve your health condition. Yoga Asanas, Pranayama or Meditation can be advised in some cases or if desired.
All of these three pillars are important for conclusion. That's why in my practice I avoid online consultations if there are other options. I don't say it can be done online just prefer to minimize.
I hope you much clear now what to expect from Ayurvedic Assessment. If you have any questions please put it on comments I'll be happy to answer.
OM SHANTI! — with Maryna Stasiuk.