What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems in the world. Ayurveda is Sanskrit for the science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and is the traditional natural healing system of India. The fundamental concept of Ayurveda is to create harmony and balance within the mind and body in order to prevent disease. 

Ayurveda is a personalized approach to health. Understanding your mind-body type will set you on the path to well-being. A consultation and analysis with our Ayurvedic practitioner will determine your doshic make-up and an individualized program will be designed for you.

The Doshas

Ayurveda Doshas

A central concept in Ayurveda is that of the three doshas. The doshas are the three irreducible metabolic principles which govern the functioning of the whole body. In modern times we consider perfect health to be the perfect functioning of the body’s homeostatic mechanisms. In Ayurveda this is achieved through balancing the doshas.  Through knowledge of the doshas and identifying their imbalances Ayurveda can locate the root of dis-ease in order to treat it most effectively and, perhaps more importantly, it can balance the system to prevent future illness.

The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha. Vata is responsible for all movement in the physiology, pitta for energy production and warmth, and kapha for giving substance, immunity, and solidity.

Because Ayurveda is a nondisease-based health system, it does not suggest that everyone who has the same symptoms receive the same treatment. Because we are all unique, we address the individual not the symptomology.  Another integral concept is that of the body-mind type or prakriti. The doctor treats you not the symptoms. Three different people with similar symptoms may get three different treatments, depending on your body-mind type. This is because Ayurveda treats not just
symptoms but also the underlying cause of an illness, and for different types, the underlying cause may be different. Knowing your body-mind type will help your practitioner locate the ideal diet, routine, and treatment for you.

The body-mind types are based on the doshas. While everyone has all three doshas, the relative predominance varies. This gives rise to ten basic body-mind types. Some of us have constitutions mainly dominated by one of the three doshas: vata, pitta, or kapha. Others have a mixture of two and finally some have all three in close to equal amounts. Each of the ten types have specific mental and physical characteristics which a skilled practitioner can use to promote ideal health.

What to expect

Our Ayurvedic practitioner will identify your doshic imbalances and will help you establish your constitution and any chronic and acute imbalances affecting you.  Treatment starts with an exam utilizing questioning and observation which is common to western medicine, and using the unique form of pulse diagnosis which has been refined for thousands of years. Dr. Poletti is fond of saying “your pulse doesn’t lie.” The inner workings of your body will reveal more than you know about yourself in many instances, especially relating to the influence of the doshas on your psycho-physiology. After the exam an individualized program for restoring balance will be developed and may involve changes in daily lifestyle, meditation, diet, teas, spice mixes, and herbal remedies.

Benefits of Ayurveda

Ayurveda brings to modern medical care the most ancient and complete knowledge of prevention and treatment of dis-ease, the preservation of health, and the promotion of longevity. This breakthrough in natural medicine offers a scientifically validated and truly holistic approach to health.

Dr. Poletti has been using Ayurveda to help his patients since 1990. Utilizing Ayurveda helps him with musculoskeletal issues, digestion issues, gender specific problems, stress related issues, and athletic performance and often helps him help those unable to find health in more traditional health care approaches.