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What is Ayurveda?

Fun Fact: the spices in this picture are for joint health. The synergistic qualities of turmeric, boswellia, ashwagandha, and fenugreek are a classical ayurvedic formula.


Ayurveda (pronounced “eye-your-vay-da”) is a 5000 year old, individualized approach to healthcare. It is defined as a system of medicine, which uses the inherent principles of the body to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with Nature.

A comprehensive evaluation is given to each and every individual taking into consideration personal history, family history, personal likes, dislikes, habits and body types, which all help the practitioner to determine the modality of treatment. Treatments can include dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations when necessary. Subtle changes in an individual’s diet, lifestyle and perspectives have resulted in significant, positive changes not only in one’s health and constitution but in the deeper understanding of one’s self.

Evaluation of Body Types are very important in Ayurveda. The body is made up of 3 systems: Structural, Metabolic and Transport. (Kapha, Pitta and Vata). We all have all three, but predominance in one. These 3 systems also exist in foods and herbs. By understanding what predominance we have, and what foods and herbs can help balance us, we can apply the appropriate remedies.

Assessment is done through the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Personal health history, diet and lifestyle
  • Family history
  • Body Constitution/type
  • Pulse Diagnosis

Treatment may include:

  • Counseling from a Psycho-Spiritual Perspective
  • Individual Dietary Recommendations
  • Individual Lifestyle Recommendations
  • Individual Herbal Recommendations
  • Detoxification treatments
  • Referrals to other providers

Amita Nathwani integrates with both holistic and conventional practitioners to provide the patient the best team approach to their healthcare available.

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