Our Naturopath can incorporate Ayurvedic Philosphy in your Naturopathic Consultation by assessing your Doshas which offers an interesting peak into the World of Ayurvedic Medicine.
Ayurvedic Medicine is based on texts written in the second millenia BCE by Sages of the time. The continuance of this knowledge and practise in India provides a link to the Pagan Nature based past when living in harmony with the elements was essential to life and understood through daily life practises.
Ayurveda lists 5 elements: Earth Water Fire Air and Space. Western European Alchemists would name this fifth Ether or Spirit. These five elements combine as the three humours of Ayurvedic medicine The Doshas. These being Kapha a combination of Earth and Water, Pitta combines fire and water and Vatta which is Air and Space. These Tridoshas give a method for assessing, observing and treating the workings of the human body. There is also blood which is acombinatioon of all three doshas and Ama which is the residue of the action of the Doshas and can get stuck throughout the body when the doshas are out of balance and therefore the body is not functioning optimally. A lot of therapies for detox are employed in Ayurvedic medicine to clear this Ama.
Rebalancing the Doshas through diet, lifestyle and attention to daily and seasonal influences of the dosha natures that we interact with intrinsically through weather, seasons and the daily cycles are all taken into account. This is a great way to reconnect with the very real connection that we have to nature and a useful method to attend to natural healing.
Naturopathy from the Western European tradition has this same correlation to nature through seasonal eating, accounting for seasonal patterns, attention to diet and a history that stems from Pagan views of nature as consisting of elements that are in constant motion within us and around us. Every culture has a pagan perception of the four cardinal directions and the different aspects of nature. Much information was lost over the years and modern scientific discoveries have surpassed Traditional Medicine in its ability to prevent death and treat infections and serious injuries.
There are some really health promoting concepts in the medical knowledge of our past that are backed by scientific undersatanding of reality and some that hark to a more subltle of spiritual feeling that resonates with some and is unecessary for others. Traditional Medicines Ethnomedicines like Ayurveda and Naturopathy Traditional Chinese Medicine and many others provide natural health care ideas and spiritual connections that are historically interesting, useful for daily health and provide a centred connection to ourselves, our earth and Nature.