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Western Herbalist's Use of Ayurveda in the Clinic - Page 2


Some one else may have a constitution which is very hot. They may have a redness on the face, burning sensations in the stomach, ulcers, rashes, high blood pressure, heart condition, liver problems and so forth. This person would need a diet that is free from spicy and sour foods, such as salsa and chips, since these tastes are very heating and create burning sensations. They may want to take cooling herbs such as dandelion leaf and root, or licorice root which are cooling and relieves excess heat and burning sensations. If they have liver problems then various therapies would have to be implemented to take that into consideration. For example, the herbs would be given in tea or powder form rather than in alcoholic extracts which would exacerbate the situation.

It is time that we broke out of the Western model of treating illnesses and teaching the healing arts. The Western model has the student in the academic classroom devoid of nature and the medical system gives us a drug to suppress the symptom but does not get to the root of condition. In the Ayurvedic system it asks the client to be an active participant in the healing process. Every aspect of lifestyle must be looked at to see what detrimental patterns are being created on a daily basis which may be contributing to the discomfort. What we do on a regular basis creates a pattern in which our life energy follows. This then creates certain results over time either good or bad.

For instance, if a person is suffering from nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia, the Western model of healing may say that they need a tranquilizer, pharmaceutical or herbal. The Ayurvedic consultant on the other hand, would inquire at the lifestyle choices. The questioning would entail whether or not coffee is being consumed, how much TV is being viewed and what are the contents of the shows, is the person skipping meals or are they eating and driving, is there time spent in nature or in quiet contemplation or is the person on the go 18 hours a day? Some lifestyle recommendations are made which the person can slowly begin to implement and then the herbs are suggested to augment the healing process.

Everyone can take responsibility to some degree for the condition they are in. Without this viewpoint then people will continue to be attached to their habits and want someone else to take the pain away yet leave the unhealthy tendency in tact. This type of thinking keeps a person in a victim mode and does not allow for expansion of the consciousness and growth.

For me, studying Ayurveda means that one is closely observing the nature of things. We have to see what the nature of a person is and then match them with the right herb, lifestyle, colors, aromas and environment.

Let's now take a look as some of the more specific details of Ayurveda.


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