“Without Proper Diet
Medicines Are Of No Use.
With Proper Diet
Medicines Are Of No Need”
Herbalism is one of the most powerful methods of treatment. Proper knowledge is essential when recommending herbal therapy. The practitioner in practice, evry day is designing & modifying herb formulations made previously, altering dosages, and assessing effects that the herbal medicines are having on the patient. Pricing wil vary depending on what type of herbal therapies are used and in what carrier they are contained in or preparation. These are called Pancha Kasayas. There are five primary categories that herbals are prepared in. They are fresh juices (swarasa), hot infusions (phanta), cold infusions (hima), decoctions (kwatha), and moist bolus or paste (kalka). Additional preparations commonly used include tinctures and medicated oils, ghee, or wines.
Herbalism offers the client and practitioner a never-ending journey into the mysteries of Monther Nature. There are many forms of Herbal Therapies out on the market. It’s important to use high quality, highly recommended herbs for the sake of safety. Organic herbs that are highly recommended are the only herbs that your qualified practitioner will use here at FYS. Proper herbal knowledge allows the Ayurvedic Specialist to attain a quick reduction of symptoms while at the same time supporting the patient on their journey back to complete health. Author of the ancient text Caraka Samhita states:
“Only that which can bring about a cure is a correct medicine. It is only he who can relieve his patients of their ailments who is the best physician.” ~Caraka Samhita
The competent and experieced practitioner takes into consideration many factors in choosing what herbs to use. The practitioner must understand the entire pathology of the condition, the nature of the patient and the nature of the herbs.In addition, your practitioner takes into account the climate of the region, current weather, and age of the patient.
Once the herbs are selected and a formula prepared, the practitioner must decide on dosage, frequency, and time of administration.
Common Terminology Of Herbal Actions:
Alternatives: herbs that cleanse or purify the blood aiding in the removal of toxins from the body. hey often are have anti-infectious properties and most alternatives are cooling and thus reduce “pitta” (fire element).
Cooling alteratives include dandeion root, echinacea, burdock root, neem, gentian, and goldenseal.
Warming alteratives include guggul, turmeric, Cayenne, and garlic.
Hence, alteratives are added to a formula whenever there is pitta vitiation in the rakta dhatu. Warm alteratives are added when ama (toxins) combines with vata or kapha. Alteratives are used in many different conditions.
Analgesics: Also called “anodynes”, analgesics are herbs that will reduce pain. Some, such as willow bark, contain salicylic acid (aspirin); others, such as wintergreen, contain a derivative, such as methyl salicylate. Wild yam and valerian root, act by hacing a muscle relaxing effect in addition to a pain blocking effect.
Cool analgesics include willow bark and wild yam.
Warm alagesics include camphor, guggul, dong quai, valerian, and turmeric.
Wintergreen is neutral.
Anthelmintics: Anthelmintics are herbs that destroy or aid the removal of worms from the body. The term however is sometimes used to include the removal of other parasites as well, such as yeast and fungus. Many anthelmintics are alteratives as well.
Cool anthelmintics herbs include neem and pau d’arco.
Warm anthelmintic herbs include wormwood, musta, vidanga, asafoetida, and the formula trikatu (three forms of pepper).
Aphrodisiacs: Aphrodisiacs are herbs that nourish & stimulate the reproductive tissue of both men and women. They are divided into two types, sexual stimulants and reproductive tonics. Stimulants increase activity and improve sexual desire. Tonics are healing and they improve the quality of tissue & provide greater sexual endurance.
In Ayurveda, Aphrodisiacs are better known as vajikaranas. Vaji means horse and karana means power. So, a vajikarana gives a person the sexual desire of a horse. Cloves and damiana are sexual stimulants that are heating and are best for kapha.
Reproductive tonics are best when there is debilitation of the sperm or ovum and when sexual energy is low. This is best for vata and pitta. Ashwagandha is considered the best reproductive tonic for men. Shatavri is best overall for tonic for women. Others are wild yam and dong quai. They build the health of the ovum. There should be care used during pregnancy as some aphrodisiacs are emmenagogues.
Astringents: Astringens are herbs that have a drying & tightening effect on the tissues of the body. By contracting the tissue, it increase the tone. Herbs with an astringent quality may have either a bitter, pungent, or astringent taste. All three are drying to the body.
Due to the drying quality, astringent herbs generally aggravate vata and are best for kaha. Some do balance pitta. See, the air element is dominant in them, giving them the drying quality. In Ayurveda, there are three groups of astringent herbs. The 1st group of astringents stop the bleeding. These herbs are called “hemostats”. Herbs in this category include: Indian herbs manjistha, praval pishti, ashok, and turmeric and the Western herbs red raspberry, mullein, self-heal, and Cayenne pepper.
The 2nd group of astringents stop the excess discharge of waste. They are used to stop excess diarrhea, sweating, and urination. Indian herbs in this group include amalaki and bibhitaki. Western herbs include red raspberry, yellow dock, sage, and nutmeg.
The 3rd group of astringents aid the healing of damaged external tisuues such as skin and mucous membranes. Some of these herbs have a dual action of astringency and its apparent opposite, a moist demulcent. This may seem as a contradiction and is resoled when realized that in order to heal, the wounded skin must tighten or tone as well as receive nourishment. A good example is “Aloe vera”.In the West, these herbs are called “vulnaries” and in Ayurveda. they are called roopana.
The Western herbs alow vera, comfrey, yarrow, and slippery elm have this quality. Indian herb turmeric does as well.
Antipyretics (Bitter Tonics): Antipyretics are herbs that decrease fever. Bitter tonics are cold bitter herbs that have several actions, considered to be very beneficial to pitta. The term “bitter tonic” is really an oxymoron as the bitter taste reduces the body, depletes energy, and eliminates wastes. Tonics have the opposite qualities. Bitters are cold, dry, light, they reduce pitta and kapha and aggravate vata. The light quality also reduces sugar in the blood and fat in the body thus, they are beneficial for diabetes mellitus and weight loss.
These herbs are best used to counteract deep fevers, not superficial ones. A deep fever originates from a pathology in the central disease pathway. Ex: hepatitis, cellulitis, and pneumonia. Superficial fevers originate in the lymph and blood tissue or in superficial orifices such as the respiratory tract. This includes colds and flu symptoms. Examples of antipyretics and bitter tonics include Western herbs gentian, goldenseal, and the Indian herbs neem, gaducci, and kutki.
Carminatives: Carminatives are herbs that aid in the dispelling of intestinal gas. They also anhance difestion, absorption, and the assimilation of nutrients. They are very important for pacifying disturbances of flow through the body. All carminatives prevent the formation of ama (internal toxins from poor digestion) and some help eliminate or burn up the ama.
Carminatives may be warming or cooling. The warmer carminatives generally aggravtae pitta and are best for vata and kapha. They include ajwan, basil, cinnamon cloves, nutmeg, and garlic. Warm carminatives generally have a strengthening effect on flow and thus increase agni (digestion).
Cooling carminatives are best for pitta and generally stabilize flow. They support agni without aggravating pitta. Cool carminatives include coriander, peppermint, chamomile, fennel, and lime.
Circulatory Stimulants: Circulatory stimulants are herbs that increase blood flow. They tend to be warm herbs and are often spicy. As such, they are beneficial to vata and kapha while aggravating pitta dosha. Warm circulatory simulants pacify vata and kapha in the blood channels. Warm circulatory stimulants include almost all hot spices such as ginger, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper, as well as guggul and turmeric.
Cooling. While there are not many cooling circulatory stimulants, the Indian herb bala (marshmallow root) is one such herb. It acts as a cardiac stimulant.
DIAPHORETICS: Diaphoretics are herbs that cause sweating. They aid the elimination of toxins through the skin. They increase circulation and are beneficial in reducing superficial fevers such a from colds and flus. Sweating primarily purifies the lymph fluids in the body. Diaphoretics are best suited to pacify imbalances due to kapha dosha.
Warm diaphoretics include ginger, basil, pepper, cloves, and cinnamon.
Cool diaphoretics are best for pacifying pitta in the blood tissue and include burdock, echinacea, peppermint, chrysanthemum, corander, and chamomile.
DIURETICS: Diuretics are herbs that increase urination. They have a cooling, cleansing, and detoxifying effect on the body by stimulating the kidneys to release more fluid. Diuretics are useful when the body is overheated. This occurs with fever, when there are toxins in the blood tissue and when there is excess water in the body. Diuretics pacify kapha and pitta in the blood tissues. They generally aggravate vata.
Common Herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine listed below are are most definitely not limited to:
The Ayurvedic Principles regarding food…
Nutrition is paramount and 1st and foremost central to the Ayurvedic approach. Food… it must be nourishing and nurture at the same time it brings balance to the body & mind. In order for food to be optimally life-enhancing, re-vitalizing, & nurturing, 3 key elements are vital:
1–Digestion…this is the ability to absorb & assimilate the food you intake—it must be strong.
2–Food must be Fresh, Delicious, & Satisfying.
3–Food selection MUST be suited for the individual’s imbalances.
Listed in order of importance, without proper digestion, important nutrients are not absorbed, and food itself becomes toxic as it slowly rots in the digestive tract.
When food is not fresh, it will not contain the life-force energy or “prana” & will not give the proper energy you. If the food you eat is not delicious & satisfying, it will not digest nor assimilate well.
Digestion in Ayurveda is known as “Agni”… Say it just like it is spelled. Picture a campfire. It is the fire that continues to always stay kindling so what we intake we can properly absorb, digest, and assimilate. Our metabolism…. This is vital for health.
Not only is proper digestion vital but also when wrong food choices are made or the wrong combination of food choices are made, they can contribute to further imbalancing. This last point is often more times than not, people focus all their attention, whereas both two are equally important.
About 80-85% of all diseases are Vata related, another 10-15% are Pitta related, and 5-10% are Kapha related.
For more information about Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition we offer a few ways to become educated on what, how, and when proper intake of food is to be consumed. Below they are listed:
-One on One Consultation $150.00 up to 2 hr. session. Follow up visit $60.00
-Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition, or Cooking counseling upon request Price varies depending on service needed.
-Through one of our Lifestyle Programs $250.00
-Ayurvedic Workshop $25.00-$200.00 Prices vary depending on what type of workshop is being held.
This additional information will be of unlimited value to you if are experiencing any of the following health issues listed by dosha:
Vata: constipation, bloating, gas, pain, malabsorption, anemia, insomnia, numbness or tingling, anxiety, fear, worry, depression, diabetis, fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, low-libido, premature ejaculation, in-frequent or painful periods, no period, asthma, pneumonia, cold hands and feet, poor circulation, eczema, psoriasis, premature aging, compromised immune system.
Pitta: indigestion, belching, heart burn, heart-attack, jaundice, hepatitis, herpes, anger, irritability, frustration, bi-polarism, bad breath, body odor, acid reflux, inflammation, gastic or peptic ulcers, diarrhea, rage, intense jealousy, critisism, acne, hives, skin rash, severe bleeding disorders, melanoma, lupus, gout, excessive sweating, myoid leukemia, blood clots, and stroke.
Kapha: lethargy, cold, congestion, cough, water retention, swelling, edema, tumors, diabetes, increased cholesterol & triglycerides, sluggish digestion, bone spurs, obesity, feeling slow, overly sentimental, complacent or stubborn, “emotional eating”, foggy, feeling dull, slow, sticky, sluggish bowel movements, excess mucous.
If you experience any of these, our Ayurvedic Practitioner will be able to do an assessment to then guide you in correcting any imbalance that is rising and re-direct you on the path to true health.
One-on One Consultation
Ayurvedic Practitoner, Colleen E. Gehlbach, C.A.P.
Time duration 2 hrs: $150.00
Follow up visit: $40.00
What your One-on-One Consultation is like from start to finish…
During your time, you will receive thorough and comprehensive physical, physiological, and psychological assessments based on Ayurveda principles.
Day of consult: Pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, a physical and psychological assessment is given. Once your consultation is over, your Ayurvedic practitioner will review from all assessments taken to give you the proper optimal health recommendations.
You will begin with your Ayurvedic recommendations and will have a phone check-in for up to 30 minutes one week later for any questions or concerns to be answered.
Follow-up visit is scheduled one-two months after your initial consultation. This is where the practitioner reviews how your recommendations are going, how you are feeling, where the condition is at that time, and if any changes need to be made at that time.
These principles of Ayurveda are based on the 3 energies that are within everything in the universe, including all of creation. These energies are known as vata (air, space), pitta (fire, water), kapha (earth, water). Every thing in nature and our in the universe holds true that if not 1, 2, or all 3 energies are structured with these energies.
When we become imbalanced, or when the body is not at ease, we create dis-ease. Regarding the human body, when one is in homiostasis, all 3 energies are balanced and in harmony with our true nature.
When we are not in homeostasis, the human body has it’s energies out of alignment with what is suppose to be. Therefore, this brings about through a series of physiological events (which most people think are normal through aging or stress like, constipation, skin rash, hair loss, obesity, anxiety, worry, fear), an imbalance in the body system and ultimately leads to acute or chronic health disorders and disease in that body system.
In Ayurveda we treat not the symptom but, by examination we get to the root cause and treat the root cause so, that it will discontinue showing up in the body system and become healed all together. To become balanced or “Centered” in health.
If you are ready to discover what Ayurveda has to offer and to live a life at optimal health for you contact:
Colleen E. Gehlbach, C.A.P. & studio owner for your personalized One-on-One Consultation today! 502-227-3276