Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old healing system from Ancient India. In this system, the human organism is viewed as a whole, inseparable from its organs and organ systems. All tangible life forms contain five essential elements or building blocks, ether, air, fire, water and earth.
In every living being the five elements of the universe combine to give three distinct individual constitutions called doshas:
Ether and air compose the Vata dosha, responsible for movement (ie: gastrointestinal tract).
Fire and water compose the Pitta dosha (internal fire- digestion, body heat).
Water and earth compose the Kapha dosha, filling intercellular spaces – connective tissue (ie: mucous, tendons, synovial fluid).
Each individual is a combination of the three doshas. However one is typically dominant.
The Ayurvedic approach to healing is threefold:
- Determining one’s predominant constitution of Prakruti.
- Determining the Vikruti, the root cause of illness (which doshas are imbalanced)
- Applying therapeutic recommendations to balance elements causing the illness.
Dr. Melanie is trained in Ayurvedic Medicine through the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. She primarily integrates the principles and therapies of this Ancient science into her functional medicine consults. Exclusive Ayurveda consults are available upon request.
Find out your own constitution by clicking HERE to access your FREE Dosha Checklist and more details on her Ayurvedic services. You will have a head start before meeting with Dr. Melanie for your first consultation!